Brock Street Mission Men's Shelter

Peterborough, Ontario

Brock Mission is a shelter for homeless adult males in downtown Peterborough, On.


In 2014, Brock Mission retained LGA to prepare a Feasbility Study for its existing building, which was in considerable disrepair. We found that a renovation to the existing building was not operationally or financially feasible, and recommended the construction of a new purpose-built shelter on the site.

We connected Brock Mission with St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (another client undergoing a Feasibility Study) to relocate the shelter during construction of the new facility. This short-term relocation required minor renovations to the education wing of St. Paul’s church including barrier free washrooms and showers, and building code upgrades.

The new men’s shelter includes a 15-bed harm reduction dormitory, 15-bed transitional dormitory, 15 single resident occupancy (S.R.O.) apartment suites, 50-person dining hall, lounge, commercial kitchen, and administration and meeting space for Brock Mission and partnering social service agencies.

Outside is a front porch covered with a steel pergola, a rear terrace that extends from the resident’s lounge, picnic tables, staff parking, bike racks, increased vegetation, and bio-retention cells for the on-site treatment of stormwater.

Brock Mission is surrounding by heritage buildings, including the Peterborough Drill Hall/Armoury National Historic Site.

We selected two different types of brick to create a contemporary design that fits into the historic downtown. The narrow site limited the massing of the building and forced us to fit as much usable space into a very tight footprint. Durable materials were selected that balance both the residential and institutional needs of the building. Occupancy sensors, LED lighting, and low-flow toilets were selected to help reduce operating costs of the facility.