Built in the 1970s, The Salvation Army Centre in Bristol no longer met the needs of homeless people in the area who rely on its support. Tuke Manton was commissioned to undertake extensive remodelling of the existing centre as well as the development of a new 24-bed extension, bringing the total number of bedrooms up to 69, all with en-suite facilities.
The Salvation Army provides a wide range of services at the centre and continuity was a key issue. Accordingly, the project was carried out in three phases to allow these to continue without interruption.
Facilities available to residents of the centre include a games area, an IT suite, an art studio, and areas for quiet contemplation and relaxation. All meals are taken in a communal café-style dining room. The new extension also houses a unit to provide alcohol and substance abuse programmes.
An administration area accommodates support teams to assist residents on a wide range of issues, including personal health, life-skills development, financial management, moving-on advice, and housing opportunities.