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Ludlow development praised in Architects Journal

18th August, 2020
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Marsons Hub
Marstons Hub, Ludlow - All images courtesy of K4 Architects and Photographer Curtis Mcnally
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Hub layout

The acclaimed sector focused magazine, Architects Journal, famous for presenting the best in British architecture has covered the Connexus Marstons Hub. This month, the magazine showcased that all important first peek at our RIBA West Midlands shortlisted development.

The hub consists of 11 new-build homes (including three fully accessible units), 13 refurbished homes within the mill, 930m2 of commercial workspace over three levels and a 93m2 community café. The article highlights architectural details like the copper shingles alongside the buildings worthy purpose.

The residents come from a range of complex and challenging backgrounds – including individuals with a history of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, and former young offenders – the scheme incorporates supported residential accommodation, offering life skills such as independent living, flat-sharing and taking personal responsibility for budgeting, as well as pathways into training and apprenticeships.

Bob Ghosh, founder and director of K4 Architects with whom Connexus worked in partnership, details some of the Hub’s significance:

The project demonstrates innovation on numerous levels, with the reuse of a historic building (a former grain warehouse) as commercial space, combined with two forms of residential (short and medium stay) accommodation.”
Bob Ghosh, founder and director of K4 Architects

Not only did the design need to compliment an existing conservation structure, but it also needed to maintain that clear social purpose. Marstons Hub is a project that precisely combined both form and function and did so while on budget.

All images courtesy of K4 Architects and Photographer Curtis Mcnally.