BARTON ACORN YOUTH COMMUNITY & SPORTS CENTRE,TORQUAY
Barton Acorn Youth Community & Sports Centre, Torquay
Barton Acorn Youth Community & Sports Centre, Torquay / Sanctuary Housing Association
Our clients approached us with a brief to extend and rejuvenate the Acorn Centre in Barton, Torquay. The site at present has been let to fall into a certain state of disrepair and is in need of refurbishment.
Part of the clients brief and wishes as part of the consultation stage were to increase the space available to the users of the centre, without extending the footprint. As we were unable to propose the extension upward due to structural issues with the existing building, a brief to demolish the existing centre and rebuild with new was formed. The sports hall is a newer addition and so will be left as existing as part of the proposals.
The design now incorporates two levels of activity space for the users and will benefit from a new reception, youth centre, play group with external play areas and much expanded changing rooms on the ground floor, with a new bar, café, gallery, training kitchen and multi-use activity spaces being added to the new first floor.
Materials used on the centre are to require minimal maintenance to keep running costs down and, where possible, the introduction of renewable energy sources are encouraged in order to provide a sustainable.