St John’s Almshouses
St John’s Almshouses is a new residential scheme in Lichfield, designed to Passivhaus standards. The client, St. John’s Hospital, are a charitable trust and historic almshouses organisation with presence on the site since 1129 and existing Grade I listed buildings dating from 1495.
The new development comprises 18 new flats contained within two separate buildings, which are arranged around a new landscaped courtyard.
Passivhaus certification has informed the design of the buildings from the outset, resulting in simple orthogonal volumes in order to minimise heat losses. These have then been articulated by the external balconies, stairs and entrance walkways. The courtyard will form a new social hub for the residents and is divided into relaxing and working areas arranged around a central timber framed pavilion.
With construction having commenced in 2015, the buildings are well underway, with completion expected by Easter 201