Westside makes RIBA list

WESTSIDE YOUTH CENTREEaling Council’s flagship youth centre, Westside Young People’s Centre, has been shortlisted for an award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Westside, on Churchfield Road, is built on the site of the former W13 Youth Centre. It underwent a £2.65m transformation before re-opening in 2012. It hosts a wide range of youth-orientated services all under one roof including health facilities, counselling, a training kitchen, sports facilities, craft room, gym/ dance space, education and careers advice and a music studio.

The building has been shortlisted for a RIBA National Award, in the London section, the first rung on the ladder to the Stirling Prize.

The Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We are immensely proud of Westside.

“Westside is for everyone and there is always something going on. I hope this recognition from RIBA will encourage even more young people to drop in and see what activities and courses are taking place.”

Gavin Leonard, Ealing Council’s chief architect and the lead designer on the project, said: “The creation of Westside was a truly collaborative exercise. Young people, work experience trainees and local residents all participated in various aspects of the design.

“As a consequence, it achieved a fine balance between a vibrant, modern interior, reflecting the activities that take place there, and the challenges of being situated within the Ealing Green Conservation Area and respecting the many handsome buildings that surround it.”

Brentford Girls School has also made the RIBA list.

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