A new communal hall building for use by the residents of Archbishop Holgate Hospital and the local community

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Architect and CDM Principal Designer IMaPS

Mark Druery

Archbishop Holgate Hospital is a community of 24 Victorian Almshouses near Hemsworth West Yorkshire. The Almshouses and the site are all Listed. The residents of each almshouse had nowhere to meet up as a group and to socialize.

The Trustees asked PPIY to design such a building on the existing site that could provide for these needs and be energy efficient. Working hard with the local Planners and Conservation officers we designed a stylish extension which picked up traditional features.

To satisfy the energy efficient brief we designed the building along PassivHaus principles for excellent levels of insulation and thermal comfort. The Trustees and the residents are delighted with the finished building. 

The building is an in fact an extension to an existing two room former mortuary building, which was retained. One half was used to house new toilets and the other half is a visitor interpretation room, complete with the original mortuary slab.   


“We would not have achieved the excellent results we have, without the input of a good architects practice”

John Dean Clerk to the Trustees

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