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Mace unwraps shiny new £5 million community centre

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Mace’s Roundwood Centre in Harlesden, London, officially opened earlier this month

The 1,400m² youth centre, which has been built with £5 million of Big Lottery ‘myplace’ funding, was designed by Mace in association with the Cambridge-based Saunders Boston, the original concept and planning designers.

The building is constructed from a series of offset elements wrapped in solid shells that are linked with translucent inserts to allow natural light into the centre and create the appearance that the wrapped element is ‘floating freely’.

The community centre contains a media suite, performance area, outdoor multi-use games area, an IT suite, dance studio, art room and a café, as well as flexible spaces for young people to use for meetings and clubs.

Designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ the building incorporates grey water recycling, solar energy generation and natural ventilation.

Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent, said: “[The] Roundwood Centre is a fantastic, modern building that will make a huge difference to young people in the Harlesden and surrounding areas, providing a safe place for hundreds of them to learn, train and enjoy themselves.

Project data

Architect Saunders Boston
Location The Roundwood Youth Centre, Longstone Avenue, NW10 3UN
Structural engineer MLM
Project architect Saunders Boston
Client Brent Council
Funding £5million Big Lottery myplace funding.
Start on site date 8th August 2011
Contract duration 54 weeks
Gross internal floor area 1,358 m²
Form of contract JTC Design and Build
Total cost £5m (construction cost £4.6m)
M&E consultant Morgan Sindall
Quantity surveyor The Keegans Group
Planning supervisor Morgan Sindall
Lighting consultant Saunders Boston
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
Annual co2 emissions The building achieved a EPC “B” Rating and has a building emission rate of (kgCO2/m2) 38.28

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