Tobias Place

East Grinstead, West Sussex

When Tobias School of Arts and Therapy moved to largely part time courses, its student hostel became redundant. This and the studio building are the only built work in the UK by the Danish architect Erik Assmussen (1913 – 1998), whose main work is all in Jarna, south of Stockholm. To raise funds to secure it future, the school asked us to convert the hostel into small residential units and later to gain permission to build five three bedroomed houses in a row to complete the overall site development plan. The entire complex is heated by a wood fired boiler, housed in its own communally owned building.

Design Team: Nic Pople, Serena Evans
Contractor: Douch Partners