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Bowman Riley's Myplace youth centre in Bradford opens doors

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[First look + project data] Bowman Riley Architects has completed this £7 million youth centre in Bradford 

Funded by the government’s national Myplace programme, the Culture Fusion project included the overhaul of a derelict, city centre warehouse and the addition of a new five-storey extension.

The building houses a dance studio/recording studio, performance space, climbing wall and abseiling facilities, advice centre, hostel, emergency accommodation, ‘peace pod’, studies area, adjacent prayer room, IT spaces, roof-top cafe and garden, games pod and an urban meadow.

Laurence Teeney, design director at Bowman Riley Architects, said: ‘The success of Culture Fusion is a testament to the importance of end user involvement in design development.   We helped create an environment that truly achieves the aspirations of the young people of Bradford.’

The Culture Fusion scheme was a collaborative project between Bradford YMCA and Bradford Metropolitan District Council and the major funding came from Myplace, a Big Lottery Fund programme to deliver youth centres across England.


Culture Fushion building 125 Thornton Road, Bradford.


Project data

Architects:  Bowman Riley Architects
Location:  Thornton Road, Bradford
Type of Project:  Myplace, a Big Lottery Fund programme to deliver youth centres across England
Project Architect:  Laurence Teeney, design director
Design Team from Bowman Riley: Nat Chambers, Ryan Little, Dan McNelis, Phil Newiss, Bill Quinton, Chris Snowden
Client: Bradford YMCA, Bernie Gahan
Funding: Myplace, a Big Lottery Fund Programme
Tender Date: May 2010
Start on site date: September 2010
Contract duration: 58 weeks
Gross internal floor area:  Original Building 1698m², new build 1529m² - total 3227m²
Total cost: circa £7 million
M&E Consultant:  Silcock Leedham, also BREEAM Assessor
QS: F+G (to tender), RP+P (to completion)
Project Manager:  RP+P
Main contractor: BAM Construction
BREEAM: Design Stage Assessment Excellent – BREEAM 2008 Bespoke
Annual CO2 emissions: 24kgCO2/m2.annum
Energy Performance Rating:  B – Score of 38





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