The first of a series of projects for the YMCA, Michael led the Design Team on the delivery of this mixed-use supported housing scheme at 139 Gresty Road, Crewe. The scheme is made up of new build and refurbished accommodation, providing 55 residents' rooms, with office accommodation, multipurpose communal spaces, a training cafe, I.T. suite training facility and a gymnasium. The proposals linked to the original Victorian building to the front of the site whilst creating a new contemporary image to the rear. The residents were clear in their brief that it should not have an institutional feel and wanted to be proud to call "139" their home.
The final configuration of the scheme was developed following extensive consultation with the residents, the wider community, project managers and senior management team. It was a truly collaborative effort, which has reaped dividends through the successful operation and integration of the new development within its neighbourhood. The project received a commendation for service to the community at the Civic Trust Awards in 2012.