Women's Refuge

Westlea, Swindon

Project Info:

Avebury were appointed for the redevelopment of a disused police station site in Westlea, Swindon. We created a design which maximised the site's potential and created 50 new general needs housing units and 20 apartments which formed part of a women's refuge for vulnerable women who had been involved in domensic violence. The women's refuge building consisted of self contained apartments, with communal facilities, including a lounge and an IT suite, and a manager's office.

Early engagement with the local planning authority was key to the project's success, with several different site layouts proposed over the course of the design phase. The council were keen to create a signature building by the Mead Way roundabout and along the main road frontages.

Avebury successfully achieved planning approval for the scheme, and subsequently produced the tender and construction stage documentation. Ensuring that the scheme met the client's high standards for the project, the scheme was designed to Lifetime Homes standards and gained Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 accreditation. The project also achieved a Gold Award for Building for Life, and was on the shortlist for the South West Built Environment Award 2012.

  • Stages: Planning, Construction
  • Completed: 2012
  • Client: GreenSquare Group

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