Crewe YMCA

Terence O'Rourke, Crewe, 2010


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South Elevation looking into courtyard 

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  • South Elevation looking into courtyard    
  • Courtyard    
  • View to south showing north and east elevations    
  • Angled bays projecting from the courtyard    
  • View east from courtyard    
  • View into ground floor multi-purpose room    
  • First floor bedroom view across courtyard    
  • Location plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Section through foyer wing    
  • Isometric diagram of foyer    
  • Construction of shell in progress, showing assembly of precast concrete walls, floors and columns    
  • Window framing in progress on the courtyard    
  • Projecting precat window pods on the upper storeys of the north elevation    
  • Angled bay window head and sill junction section detail    
  • Projecting window frame junction plan detail    
  • Flush window sill and head detail at floor junction    
  • Flush window jamb detail    

Mixed-use supported housing scheme that comprises of new-build and refurbished accommodation

The scheme provides 55 residents’ rooms, with office accommodation, multipurpose communal spaces, training cafe, IT suite training facility and a gymnasium.

The repetition in the plan lent itself to modular construction that made use of precast concrete floors and walls, as well as off-site fabricated bathroom and kitchen pods.

The external facade is clad in stacked terracotta rainscreen panels and full-length closed cell polycarbonate rainscreen panels. The majority of timber and aluminium composite windows are set flush to the face of the rainscreen cladding.

In the courtyard, angled bays are incorporated into the facade providing views for the occupants while maintaining privacy for the rooms opposite.


  • Begun: Jan 2009
  • Completed: Nov 2010
  • Floor area: 4,730m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £5.2M
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • CO2 Emissions: 33.26kg/m2/year
  • Address: 197 Gresty Road, Crewe, CW2 6EL, United Kingdom

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