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THE HUB COMMUNITY CENTRE, CANNING TOWN, LONDON The Hub is lucky to have been created and to be managed by a close-knit team of enthusiasts determined to create something bright and new in the way of delivering public services.

The project is funded by the government's New Deal for Communities through Newham's West Ham & Plaistow New Deal Partnership (NDC). The Hub is the first of three similar NDC projects in the east London borough.

A simple and distinctive steel-framed structure claiming high marks for sustainability is now the lively focus of community activity and services that would traditionally have existed in sordid municipal buildings. Most obviously it is a café, opening onto the pavement in summer. Packaged with it are the urban equivalent of the village hall: a nursery; tiny and affordable business start-up units; a pharmacy; the community mental health team; the community police base and a cheerful help service team for the long-term unemployed.

Since it opened in October last year the Hub has rapidly become a centre of positive activity for all ages among the remarkably diverse population of Canning Town. One aim with the building has been to minimise running costs. Available capital has been spent on a large array of photovoltaic cells, eight deep bored wells with heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, insulation and large windows with retractable shades.

For a project of any size that has made a significant contribution to the regeneration of an under-privileged area or the creation of new facilities or accommodation that has made exceptional use of brownfield sites.

Sponsored by Gifford THE TEAM Client West Ham & Plaistow NDC (New Deal for Communities Partnership) Cost £2.96 million Principal designer Eger Architects Structural engineer Arup Contractor Durkan Pudelek

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