St.Francis children’s society is a specialised foster / adoption agency. Founded in the 1800’s, the society has provided high quality adoption and related support services for over a century.
To improve and enhance their operation, the society needed additional space to continue to provide advice, training, support and therapy to children and families in child friendly purpose built rooms.
Hinton Cook responded to the brief for the relocation in 1998 of the St Francis H/Q Northampton to the traditional village of Great Woolstone, which is in a historic setting nestled in Central Milton Keynes.
The new building was deliberately engineered to be as domestic as possible within this semi- rural setting as the clientele is predominantly young children and adults and a more imposing structure could intimidate.
More recently two single storey lean-to structures were added on either side of the central extrusion The entire extension has been detailed as having a level access for mobility impaired users to match the existing building.
Residential developments built within the village fabric, range in architectural style from traditional to more modern interventions. St Francis settles well within this context.