Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre.

Client: LB Camden
Contract Value: £2.3 Million
Completed 2006

The existing youth centre is located at the periphery of the Regents Park Housing Estate, a priority Neighbourhood Renewal area with high levels of deprivation and social exclusion. Built as a boys club in the early 1960s the sports facilities fail to accommodate current regulation pitch sizes and the general fabric is in a state of disrepair. We were appointed to carry out an initial feasibility study to consider both the options to upgrade the youth facilities and critically, also, how the centre may be adapted to accommodate use by other sections of the community. Through a pre-feasibil­ity process of extensive consultation we revealed key priorities for activities and broader issues of negative social patterns. In particular, enhanced sports provision was identified as a potential positive focus that may help resolve existing racial divides.

A range of comparative options for both phased alterations to the existing and new build were developed and costed to provide a clear set of targets for client fund raising. This initial study has been instrumental in identifying the centre for the recent successful allocation of Section 106 funds. We are now working on developing detailed proposals with the aim to commence construction on phase one this year.