Margot Hutchison Centre

Low budget training centre with a high social impact

Parish of SS John & Martin
Balsall Heath, Birmingham
Year Completed
RIBA Work Stage
  • Project Lead
  • Architect
  • Contract Administrator
Named after an inspirational parishioner who fought for the rights of women and the disadvantaged, this building serves as a training centre for the charity Anawim Women’s Development Project.


Anawim (meaning ‘the vulnerable ones’) provide much needed welfare and health services to disadvantaged women in the local area. The charity was out-growing its on-site accommodation, and urgently needed extra space to continue its programme of training projects for the women it assists in developing new skills to participate in mainstream employment.


Within the constraints of a limited site and budget, the design is efficiently planned, addressing priorities of privacy and security, whilst exploiting natural light and creating a building with a strong identity in a site which lacked architectural quality. Standing in the grounds of SS John and Monica church, the centre doubles as a teaching space at weekends when it is used for the Children’s Liturgy.

APEC Architects have done a fantastic job on the new building, consulting with us as the clients and taking the time to ask the service users for their views in a sensitive manner. The way they brought all the interested parties together regularly for meetings meant that we were all fully informed and on board every step of the journey. Thank you APEC for a job well done.

Joy Doal MBEChief Executive, Anawim

The project was delivered to time and cost and, despite competing user demands from the Parish and Anawim, all partners conditions have been met. Innovative use of floor and loft space has been key to success.

George GallagherParish of Saints John and Martin