Community projects often evolve as a direct response to community needs. The brief may include a large space to accommodate a number of different activities, such as community events, play schemes and youth club activities, community nurseries and after-school clubs, performances and films, and private hire. External spaces may include gardens for relaxation or growing vegetables, or play spaces for a variety of age groups and activity levels.
We work with community groups to identify the potential for improving existing spaces and for providing new ones, and help develop the project programme for design, fund raising and procurement.
We have carried out works to a number of community centres, often built in the 1970s and in need of renewal. Alterations may be required to improve accessibility and flexibility.
A component of a community scheme may include for adult learning facilities, such as at the Jack Hobbs Centre.
YOUTH ACTIVITY CLUBS
The Pirate Castle extension provided new spaces to improve the existing provision of water sports and other youth activities.
PARKS AND PLAY AREAS
We have designed two play areas with the Duke’s Meadows Trust in Chiswick, which have been a key part of the transformation of the park from a place perceived as unsafe, to a well managed and popular community environment.
We have developed schemes for food-growing projects and roof gardens for community groups, obtaining planning permission where required.