Civic Architects has recently completed the refurbishment and extension of the Royals Youth Centre, a 20-year-old building providing facilities for a diverse range of local groups
The extension will provide space for a new youth programme for 16-year-olds, offering training to school-leavers.
A new enterprise space is the scheme’s most distinctive aspect, occupying the front-facing half of a new roof extension and cantilevering over the building’s original main entrance.
This overhang engages the new extension with the approach routes from the village and the neighbouring supermarket. A generously glazed corner gives users a vantage point from which to see and be seen, controlling their environment, while at the same time displaying youth activities centre-stage in a positive and inspiring way.
The extension draws visual references from Rainham’s Norman village church, as well as East Architects’ 2010 adjacent public square, which includes Railing Hall, a public artwork by Mark Pimlott. Lighter-coloured timber fins mirror the vertical rhythms of Railing Hall and the strong vertical presence of the church tower.
It is a project that sets out to achieve a lot on a limited budget, not only creating more useable space and facilities for the youth centre but also attempting to give the youth centre an attractive new identity that marks it out firmly as a key community asset in Rainham’s changing urban profile.
Dan Jones, director, Civic Architects
Date commenced February 2013
Date completed March 2015
Contract value £366,000
Location Viking Way