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Graylingwell

Sussex, UK. 2017 - ongoing

ARA were asked by the Chichester Community Development Trust to develop designs for the listed Graylingwell Chapel. Now converted to housing, Graylingwell Hospital was built in the 19th century for the progressive treatment of mental illness. The chapel will provide social facilities for a large new community in North Chichester – uniquely it will integrate exhibits and displays telling the story of the site, and for this reason we were successful in winning a significant Heritage Lottery Fund grant. A key aim is to address the stigma of mental health issues within the context of a vibrant community hub – a new kind of ‘town hall’ offering events, a café, library, crèche and so on. The design proposes a series of habitable ‘reliquaries’ inside and outside the building, each representative of the importance of shared cultural ‘memory’ for building the future of this community. 

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Graylingwell