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Design ACB's cement-clad youth centre wins planning

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Design ACB has been granted planning permission for this £1million youth centre in Hampshire

Built to the rear of an existing community centre in Tadley, the 410m² building contains two multipurpose halls, a music room, meeting room, kitchen and toilets.

The L-shaped building is clad in dark grey fibrous cement that wraps around the roof and walls to ‘create a seamless mass into which windows and openings are punched’.

In contrast the internally, walls and ceilings are finished in plywood while the exposed roof structure is made of glued laminated timber and plywood stressed-skin panels.

Construction is scheduled to start in early 2015.


Architect’s view

David Ayre, project director, Design ACB

We’ve worked closely with the young people of Tadley to develop a sculptural design that is a landmark building for them and the wider community. But more than that it’s somewhere they can truly call their own.

The roof, with its dark folded ‘cloak’ appearance, gives the building its contemporary edge while internally a series of uplifting spaces create an environment the young people want to see and use everyday.


Project data

Client Tadley & District Community Association
Start on site date January 2015
Gross internal floor area 410m2
Total cost £1m

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