McHugh Stoppard takes the initiative

Sian
Friday 25 Mar 2011

Planning permission granted for L-shaped autism social support centre in Merseyside


McHugh Stoppard Architecture has won planning permission for a new Social Enterprise Centre in Bootle, Merseyside for First Initiatives, a social support agency that is part of the national Autism Initiatives Group.

The centre will be built on the site of former garages within the Goddard Hall complex on Stanley Road, Bootle. The new building has a rectilinear L shaped floor plan which has been divided into two distinct blocks, one single storey and one two storey.

The massing of the two storey block is driven by the adjacent building, where the aim is to reflect, rather than compete with existing architectural details. As Project Principal Michael Young says: “The new Social Enterprise Centre presents a strong vertical rhythm that offers a contemporary interpretation of the vertical columns of the adjacent building.”

The centre will house training facilities and office space, along with, a café/ bakery that will be run by people with physical and learning disabilities who will undergo training within the centre.

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