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The Hub, is a Myplace funded youth-led ClubHouse in Enfield, London. It is a project for young people 13 to 19. The Hub's new building is a remodelled and re-clad existing two storey youth club with a large new two storey extension.
In collaboration Curl La Tourelle Head Architects and the Hub's young people, we design The Hub, with a series of multi-functional and dynamic spaces, such as a four storey climbing cave, dance studio, media labs, recording studio, offices, medical space, retail spaces, kitchen, kitchen training area, cafe, meeting rooms, a space for reflection and an outdoor multi-sport games surface.
The extended existing building has been transformed with the backlit polycarbonate cladding to unify new and existing and gain a role within the community. Colour change LED lighting can be programmed by the Hub's young people and glows, beacon-like, in its park-edge setting.
At the start of the project only a small part of building funds had been secured. The rest of the funding was contingent on a successful design and planning permission.
We helped the client raise the necessary funding with visuals, models and costs for the concept design, that help communicate the vision of the project.
We also helped determine suitable amenities and functions of the the interior, so they had both social and financial benefits client, thus insuring the financial viability and ultimately longevity of the design.
The design creates a balance between being beautiful and economical in terms of both build costs, and running and maintenance costs, while also being sensitivity to the site and the topography.
Environmental and economical Sustainable was extremely important.
The project brought together stakeholders, schools and the wider community.
Architecturally the design was elegant, modern and complimentary towards the previous post-war architectural language of the existing building and sensitive to local planning policies.
The Hub's management was run autonomously from the council.
The material palette is sympathetic to the existing post-war building, while also being new and modern.
“...The way it metaphorically and physically breaks down barriers with a transparent appearance is extremely successful, providing glimpses into the activities within the Unity Hub...” London Borough of Enfield.