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Quote from RIBA East Midlands Judges
Drawing together care home, library and community amenities our holistic approach to the design, considering not only the environmental sustainability, but also the economic and social sustainability of the wider neighbourhood.
The welcoming and contemporary building enhances its location, with a contextual, high-quality design using local stone. The building also incorporates the sensitive refurbishment of parts of the original Thorntons Factory, repurposing the space and celebrating the story of its past.
The new civic space to the front of the building provides a new area of public realm, which encourages greater interaction with the wider community, enshrining the notion that care for the elderly is not something to be hidden away.