The new Liverpool YMCA is a relocation of the former city-centre facility. The new development will provide accommodation for 70 vulnerable people. Accommodation ranges from individual en-suite rooms with communal resource areas, to small self-contained units. The ethos of the design of this building is to assist in the development of life skills to enable independent living.
The building is sited on a major road frontage, enhancing the dynamics of the streetscape, and defining the edge of the city.
The building achieved a BREEAM ‘good rating’ using sustainable materials and modern methods of construction. The main facade has brise soleil which reduces solar gain.
The horizontal elements in the main building are counterpointed with a strong vertical circulation tower and communal pods which maximise the views towards the city-centre.
This building will provide a major contribution to the Liverpool city scape and responds to the YMCA’s role in supporting homeless people.