Blackburn Youth Zone

The Blackburn Youth Zone is a world class facility for the young people of Blackburn. The objective is to give children and young people the opportunity to make constructive use of their leisure time, and support them through any challenges they face.

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Since 2008, Eric Wright Construction, Maple Grove and the Local Authority have been working with OnSide to develop a strong cross-sector partnership for the project. The site is close to the railway station and bus interchange and is tight, offering challenges to EWC in house architects who have designed a sustainable and innovative solution, balancing site constraints with the requirements and ambitions of local young people.

Blackburn Youth Zone is one of a new generation of flagship facilities for young people, being built at the heart of towns. This has been an exciting opportunity to be involved in a the design of a landmark building which makes a strong visual statement and will be finished to a high internal specification, with the best equipment, and a clear focus on quality of the environment and facilities.

The Blackburn Youth Zone site retains and incorporates a part of the existing electricity generating sub station located at the corner of George Street and Pilkington Street which is the existing building of most significant historic interest within the Darwin Street Conservation Area. The new build portion of the scheme sits behind and along this retained building extends along Pilkington Street and fits tightly in and adjacent to the River Blakewater.

Construction has been completed on 3127sqm of accommodation as outlined below.
1. Youth Zone building
2. Roof top kickpitch
3. Rooftop External activity space
4. External walkway along the river
5. Drop off vehicle zone and disabled parking

Client: OnSide North West

Value: £5.8m

Start on site: October 2010

Duration: 56 weeks