Client: B & K Structures / Mansell
TNG Wells Park Youth Facility is a new community youth centre in South East London. The project provides vocational, leisure and support services for the young people of Lewisham along with a range of activities for the local community. This state-of-the-art building includes a climbing wall, training kitchen and cafe, multi-use games area, recording studio, health-clinic, dance and performances spaces, teaching rooms and IT suite.
The project designed by RCKa showcases solid engineered timber and the visual quality of CLT by exposing all the walls and soffits. The design driver was to articulate a simple grid arrangement at roof level through deep glulaminted timber beams that span exposed above the main hall. Careful detailing was required to keep structural connections discrete and architectural visual lines sharp.
The front elevation of the building features an internal /external Winter Garden with canopies that project outside of the building footprint. The design required close coordination between architect, engineer and specialist contractor to achieve an integrated design.
The project was a finalist in the 2013 Placemaking Awards and won the Building Award in 2014