Design Awards 2012
Florence House is designed exclusively for elderly residents and provides 22 new build social rented flats within the centre of Egremont. The flats provide generous living and common spaces to encourage community living. Dyeing and Weaving were traditional industries within the market town all based around the river Ehen. Iron ore mining and quarrying has been established in the town for more than 800 years which is home to Florence Mine. The roof forms and stepped Linenmill brick facade reflects the historical industries within the area. The roof is configured to harvest rainwater into waterbutts within the courtyard, whilst providing rhythm of steps along the length of the building to compliment the residential form. The development provides all of the internal circulation to the northern edge of the site adjacent to local industry buildings. To the south, a large open garden space provides a softer domestic facade to the residential street with private parking within the courtyard.