‘Care and joy in the heart of the community’
Following on from the success of the Redcar Leisure and Community Heart project +3 Architecture have recently completed a new community centre on an existing ‘gap’ site in Redcar town centre.
The Grenfell Club provides recreation and leisure facilities for the local community in Redcar and the surrounding area. The centre is run by volunteers and aims to help develop social and communication skills of the members through a range of activities. The existing 1970’s Grenfell building was outdated and the opportunity arose for the club to relocate to a new purpose built centre.
The new building provides a high-quality, functional design on a very tight site and equally tight budget. The aim is to create a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment which is an exemplar accessible building for members and visitors alike. Relocated in a nearby residential area, the orientation of the L-shaped floor plan is deliberately contextual and designed to align with the surrounding terraced streets. The remaining area contained by the L-shape building is given over to a new courtyard garden which will provide additional amenity as well as a more positive aspect in this built-up, urban environment.
The new centre seeks to create a healthy and sustainable environment for the Grenfell Club and as such will be naturally ventilated as well as benefiting from excellent natural daylight and views. The predominant material is grey brick which complements the surrounding buildings and offers a level of robustness appropriate for its urban location. Coloured rainscreen walls, soffits and reveals provide a contrast with the simple brick canvas and provide moments of joy and delight in a building which is all about providing a happy and healthy future for its members.
Grenfell Club: Redcar
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