Emmaus Charity

The Emmaus Community of Cambridge was founded in 1991 and occupies a six acre site alongside the A10 north of Cambridge. It offers homeless people a home, work and a chance to rebuild their lives. Freeland Rees Roberts was commissioned by the Charity to develop various phases of buildings work. Their initial accommodation consisted of two converted cattle sheds providing residential and retail units. Freeland Rees Roberts architects were asked to master plan their expansion, which developed into four phases of work. The first 2 phases provided a warehouse, workshop plus a refurbished and expanded retail area and were built with the aid of Lottery funding. Phases III, also funded by funded by the lottery. Phase IV refurbished and extended the residential accommodation providing 24 bed-sitting rooms for the resident companions, a warden’s residence, communal dining facilities, TV rooms, a library and a lounge, all arranged around a paved courtyard. The final phase was completed in 2002, increasing their numbers to 24 people with two full-time wardens living within the Emmaus Community with their families. Marilize was involved in this phase, working with Graham Riley on the production and delivering of this building. As we were working for a charity, an economical use of materials was a central part of the design. We constructed this phase in brick and block with timber cladding. The roof materials range from coloured corrugated fibre-cement and metal sheeting through to the glazed shop entrance. The warehouse incorporated a steel frame recycled from a demolished building, cut and remodelled to suit.

Client: Emmaus Charity

Location: Waterbeach, Cambridge

Budget: Undisclosed

Engineer: Andrew Firebrace Partnership

Quantity Surveyor: Sheriff Tiplady

Status: Completed 2003

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