Project Description: Interclass Plc worked with Howl Associates and Shropshire County Council on MyPlace Oswestry, part of the multi-million pound government ‘My Place’ funding initiative to ‘make great places for young people to go’. The new building expands on the range of activities currently provided in the existing Centre Northwest and includes a larger multipurpose hall, café, catering kitchen, music rehearsal space, and multimedia suite, craft facilities together with support areas that include counselling / interview rooms and office space.
The entrance area is defined by a two storey height space that allows views up to the side of the multimedia suite, the ‘pod’ and the roof terrace. The pod, which provides a resource facility and staff base at ground floor level and a break-out space at first floor level, provides a defining and orientating element within the building and allows circulation within the building to create a more open and flowing form.
The project was the winner of ‘Best Community Building’ at the Shropshire LABC Building Excellence Awards
Key Facts: New Youth Facility (BREEAM excellent) including office accommodation, meeting room, interview rooms, cafe, sports hall, recording studio and activities rooms. Elevation treatment includes timber cladding, zinc cladding and brickwork. Environmental considerations include a biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting.
Clients View: “I was very impressed with the quality of communicators within the interclass team. This was a pleasure to work with a committed and focused team with a common goal of delivery a quality project” Andy Jones, Shropshire County Council