Open plan foyer and café area showing lots of daylight.

Open plan foyer and café area showing lots of daylight.

The Compass Centre, Jamaica street, Bristol

Major refurbishment, alterations and extensions of a hostel for the homeless to provide a ‘one stop’ shop for health care, educational and training facilities, a café, administration and accessible accommodation. The building with its new facilities creates a relaxing and welcoming centre to meet the needs of the homeless people in Bristol.

The 1950's cellular interior was opened up to maximise space and light, improve circulation and create flexible spaces. The building remained occupied throughout the building works, which meant that the works were phased and took a total of 12 months on site to complete the project.

Full architectural services were provided, which also included the role of lead consultant and CDM co-ordinator.

“The building sets the context --- and the value, positive first impressions, as people step in to the scheme”.

"I was really impressed, with what is on offer, plus the whole feel of the building, it was very refreshing, and I think breaks the mould, in terms of changed expectations, for people and service delivery’’
Derek Caren
Director of English Churches Housing Group.

Read Guardian article on this project.