The sensitive upgrading and extension of a pair of 1860’s almshouses owned by Christchurch in Spitalfields, to improve a long established but now somewhat frayed social housing scheme. Winner of the 2012 Almshouse Association Patron's Award.
“The applicants have shown how a scheme like this, extending two important listed buildings, can be at least as successful as the original building itself. Modifications have been introduced with such skillfulness, care and consideration as to comprise an exemplary example of development within the historic realm.” Tower Hamlets Conservation Officer
“An extremely dense urban site within a conservation area, the project allowed a mix of social communities to continue in this rapidly gentrifying area. Manalo & White’s imaginative approach provided a sensitive solution to the extension of historic almshouses within a restricted budget. The project was tightly constrained both by the budget available and the procurement timeframe. As both Architect and Construction Administrator, Manalo & White’s role was pivotal in managing this complex process. Robust management of value and risk ensured successful delivery of an award-winning design which the residents love, within almost impossible time, budgetary and site constraints.” Chairman of the Board of the Almshouses Association
Photography by Morgan O'Donovan