Mace wins SCALA Innovation Award for Roundwood Youth Centre

International consultancy and construction company Mace is delighted to announce that Roundwood Youth Centre in Brent has won a SCALA Award in the Innovation category.

The new Roundwood Youth Centre is a major success story for Brent Council, not only for its innovative architecture but also for its purpose: to bring an increased sense of community to the local area and to provide a lively and inviting place for the young people in Brent. Mace delivered the project from inception through to completion; services included architectural design, project management, building services engineering, BREEAM assessment and CDM co-ordination.

The Innovation award is given for an exemplary piece of public architecture. The Roundwood Youth Centre featured collaborative conception and development, methods that are both advanced and original. The previous youth club, despite poor quality, was used by over a thousand people per week and provided valuable space for fifteen different youth groups, so the new facility needed to provide a high degree of flexibility to meet the differing requirements. Mace’s concept for the youth centre was developed with a youth team around the theme of a ‘container of activities, designed to cater to the different groups and needs.

The Roundwood Youth Centre was also shortlisted for Civic Building of the Year Award with joint winners The Hive at the University of Worcester in Worcestershire and Clough Road Divisional HQ, Humberside Police.

This year the annual SCALA President’s Dinner and Civic Building of the Year Award celebrated its 40th anniversary and Richard Parnaby, Professor of Architecture at the University of the West of England and Vice Chairman of the Architects’ Registration Board was the keynote speaker.

Mike Shaw, Operations Director at Mace, said:

“We are delighted that the Roundwood Youth Centre has won this award and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in this scheme. This was an exciting project for us and included a significant consultation with the local young people to ensure the building met their needs. The building’s success is a tribute to the joint efforts of the local community, the Council, the contractor and the Mace team to deliver the vision for the project.”

Richard Barrett, Operations Director of Property and Projects at the London Borough of Brent, said:

“We are very pleased with this award win. Roundwood Youth Centre is a significant project for us and for our community. We would like to thank Mace for their hard work and for delivering a building that speaks volumes about the way we value the contribution young people make to society.”