Hope Street

One Small Thing
Southampton, Hampshire
Snug Architects
Various (construction management)
Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Hope Street is an innovative project for the charity One Small Thing located on The Avenue in the Southampton Conservation Area.

Hope Street was officially opened by Catherine, Princess of Wales.


Designing a blueprint for change

From within a healing, trauma-informed, residential environment, women and children will have access to a range of specialist support. Hope Street will pilot a new approach to working with justice involved women. 

The aim is to create a blueprint for change that can be replicated across the country and achieve better outcomes for women


Structural engineering consultancy

In terms of structure, Calcinotto were responsible for designing the foundations and ground floor slab to carry the loadings from the CLT superstructure (designed by a specialist supplier), together with support to the external masonry over openings.

An existing 225-diameter public foul water sewer bisects the site and the foul outlets from the new development discharge into it by gravity via a new manhole. In line with recommended SuDS guidelines, the surface water discharges via gravity to crate soakaways, located at a suitable distance from any new or existing foundations

After opening Hope Street, Catherine left this note, reading: 'I see you and I am with you. Good Luck in all that lies ahead. - Catherine'.

Awards & Commendments

  • RIBA 2024 MacEwen Award – ‘Architecture for the common good’
  • Civic Trust Awards – ‘To recognise outstanding architecture’.
  • South Coast Property Awards for ‘Sustainable Development of the Year 2024’
  • Structural Timber Awards for ‘Healthcare Project of the Year 2023’.
  • On Track to Meet BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ Rating – Sustainability
  • Part of the RIBA 2030 Climate Pledge
  • Featured on Channel 4, Positive News, Daily Echo & The Guardian
  • Featured in the RIBA Journal