The Florence Institute is the earliest remaining building in Britain to be constructed as a boys' recreational youth club.
Much of the damaged structure was preserved and the building fabric restored, with new insertions converting the facility for modern use. Applying a wide range of sustainable first principles enabled the building to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.
The timber trusses in the main hall were exposed to the weather for many years. Replacement trusses were constructed on site using the original metal straps and some of the original timbers where they could be retained.
The building was restored and reordered with the removal of late 20th Century insertions and extensive repairs to the remaining building fabric.
The new building layout reduces the number of room-within-room arrangements to maximise the use of natural sunlight.