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HB Architects were delighted to be awarded the project after being invited to submit a competition entry for the Barking & Dagenham Youth Zone.

The project forms part of the OnSide network of youth zones, providing young people aged between 8-19 years with a purpose built facility to enjoy  in a safe environment, while raising their aspirations and confidence.

The site is located in a high profile corner Parsloes Park. The design is sensitive to the fact that the park is Metropolitan Open Land.

In keeping with the OnSide model, internally the design features; an exciting open plan recreation area at the heart of the facility, surrounded by high spec activity spaces, including; a music room,  climbing wall, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, martial arts suite, performing arts studio, inclusion room, girls room, training room and mentoring kitchen. Externally, young people will be provided with a 3G kick pitch, skate park and relaxation area. All in a secure environment.