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Westside Young People's Centre, Ealing, UK

G Leonard, London Borough of Ealing

“Westside” is a pioneering facility developed by Ealing Council to bring together innovative programmes that support young people in every aspect of their lives. Evolving the concept of a creative ideas “factory”, building users (young people, service providers, mentors, parents and carers) learn from one another, benefiting from the co-location of a wide variety of skills and experience and innovating new approaches which enhance the opportunities available to young people from across the Borough’s diverse communities. 

The expansive brief, developed in dialogue with all stakeholders is in contrast to the site; a narrow plot tightly constrained by adjoining residential properties within the Ealing Green Conservation area. As a consequence building elevations respond to specific features of the local context.  Masses are broken up and shaped in accordance with ‘rights of light’ considerations whilst the façade takes it proportions from those of the surrounding domestic architecture.

Nevertheless the unique nature and function of “Westside” requires that something of the dynamic nature of the activities that take place within it is expressed in the appearance of the building.  Key elements of the composition – drawn from local precedent – are accentuated by the use of a copper alloy; creating a “beacon” that can be seen glowing from distance, tying the masses together and emphasising the entrance. This special material, which will continue to harmonise with the stock brickwork throughout its life, is a fitting complement to the unique role that “Westside” plays in the lives of the young people who use it.

 

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Building

Owner: 
London Borough of Ealing Children's Services
Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
London

Categories

Applications: 
Panels
Roof parts/dormer
Type of building: 
Health and social care
Copper used: 
Golden alloy
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
London Borough of Ealing Property Services

Copper contractors

Title: 
Full Metal Jacket

Awards

Season: 
2013

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