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The Old Vicarage


Rooted In


Allerton, Bradford





A Statement for the Community

We have been closely working with Rooted In on the renovation and extension of the Old Vicarage to provide a new charity headquarters with multi-use community spaces.

The main requirement was to reconfigure the existing plan layout in order to create a connected, flexible space that would feel welcoming. We explored adding two extensions - a side extension that would accommodate the main entrance and additional facilities, and a rear extension that would allow enough space for a commercial kitchen and future community workshops.

The proposed design re-thinks the connections between rooms and adds necessary space to make this building function better. We have organised the design so there is potential to phase the project depending on available funding: Phase 1 - internal renovation; Phase 2 - ground floor extensions; Phase 3 - attic conversion; Phase 4 - outdoor workshop.

The arrangement of textures and modern touches emphasises the individuality of the proposed design and give the extensions a ‘statement’ feel that looks exciting and inviting at the same time, with We propose using timber and zinc and timber cladding, large windows and rooflights to enhance the natural light. The materials create an interesting contrast against the once stark, austere Vicarage building.

From the AU Team:

We are excited to reveal that our project 'Old Vicarage Youth Centre' for Rooted In has been published on Architecture-in-Development amongst many other amazing projects. We are one of 26 projects that have been long-listed!

"The Old Vicarage in Bradford will create a home-away-from-home for children who need a helping hand. Led by Rooted In, the renovation of this 19th C. building will utilise an open-plan to integrate play, relaxation and homework alongside a modern kitchen with moving walls to provide flexible and exciting spaces. Through a collaborative design process and a community-led build this building will provide safety and shelter for young locals in need."

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