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OMI reveals brick-clad High Support unit

[First look] The AJ can reveal the first photographs of the OMI Architects-designed supported residential unit at Mastin Moor, Derbyshire

Shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award in March, the £4.3 million High Support Unit provides specialist supported residential accommodation for the charity Turning Point.

The building houses 28 self-contained flats in two 14-bed blocks - one for male and one for female residents - and is ‘designed to promote independent living within a domestic setting whilst maintaining a safe environment for its residents and staff’.

The two-storey block have communal accommodation - dining, living, meeting and interview rooms - along with a manager’s office and kitchen and are arranged around a central private, south-facing courtyard.

The lower storey of the building and the gable elevations on Worksop Road are clad in brick, with dark stained timber on the upper floor and the pitched roof clad in natural anthracite zinc standing seam panels.

Architect’s view

Andy James, director, OMI Architects

‘There is a strong desire for the quality of the buildings to play an active part in the well being of each resident, where each resident and indeed each member of staff can feel valued. High ceilings, wide corridors, tall windows and good quality materials all contribute to a feeling of light and space throughout the scheme.’

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Mastin Moor High Support Unit by OMI Architects. Photography by Andrew Aitken

Project data

Start on site February 2011 
Completion June 2012
Gross internal area 2,400m²
Total cost £4.3 million
Contract Design + Build: JCT D+B 05
Client Turning Point Building Futures
Architect OMI Architects
Employers agent Peter Marshall Associates
Landscape architect Landscape Projects
M&E engineer Steven A Hunt Associates
Structures Scott Hughes Design
CDMC Scott Hughes Design
Main contractor ESH Construction Ltd

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