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Making great play of community links

Hawkins/Brown has completed a Youth Resource Centre in Leyton for Community Links, a charitable organisation which provides play and training facilities for local children. The 723m 2building contains a creche, a playspace for 5-11-year-olds, a multi-sensory room for physically and mentally handicapped children, and IT facilities for youth training.

The fourth in a series of community buildings by Hawkins/Brown in the London Borough of Newham, its three barrelvaulted roofs echo the form of the earlier buildings, although steel frame has been used in place of glulam, and the arched form of the earlier buildings has been replaced with straight walls to provide flat surfaces for display. The contract value was £593,000 including external landscaping.

Funding was by the Stratford Development Partnership. The project took nine months on site, and will be officially opened next month.

CLIENT Community Links

ARCHITECT Hawkins/Brown

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Barton Engineers

QUANTITY SURVEYOR Stockdales

MECHANICAL ENGINEER Michael Popper Associates

CONTRACTOR Durkan Pudelek Photographs by Ian Goodrick

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