Design teams hope to secure youth centre funding

Designers and architects in 15 teams are hoping to secure Lottery funding to build a series of youth centres across the country, in a project run by The Sorrell Foundation.

The Joined Up Design for My Place project has seen The Sorrell Foundation match designers such as Interbrand with architects including Marks Barfield to work on youth centre projects aiming to secure funding as part of the £272m My Place initiative, which is administered by the Big Lottery Fund for the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The Sorrell Foundation was invited by the DCSF and the Talent and Enterprise Task Force to work with 15 of the 41 My Place projects, to engage young people and bring in top designers and architects.

Under the scheme, young people formed client groups to develop plans for the youth centres, alongside architects and designers brought in by The Sorrell Foundation. In some cases, architects had already been appointed by the local authorities, and they were seconded to the scheme.

Will Sorrell, project manager of Joined Up Design for My Place, says the clients handed in proposals to the BLF in September 2008, and in February this year the BLF agreed to fund all projects in principle, subject to acceptable building and business plans.

The clients and design teams have worked up these plans, along with branding projects, with decisions due from the BLF by the end of the year. It is hoped that if funding is secured, building work on the youth centres could start next year and be completed in 2011.

Will Sorrell says, ‘This scheme goes to show that you can get world-class designers and architects working on projects like this – all for next to nothing.’

Sir John Sorrell, co-chairman of The Sorrell Foundation, says, ‘As with other programmes the foundation works on, the insight, energy and creativity of young people has come to the fore.’

THE 15 SCHEMES:
Bath
– SHH Architects (architecture and branding), Anne Engel (creative adviser)
Birmingham – Marks Barfield (architecture), Interbrand (branding), Elizabeth Lynch (creative adviser)
Brent – Urban Salon (architecture), Graphic Thought Facility (branding), William Warren (creative adviser)
Bristol – Stride Treglown (architecture), Spy Design (branding), Anne Engel (creative adviser)
Doncaster – Bauman Lyons (architecture), Andy Edwards (branding), John Newbigin (creative adviser)
Hastings – Jonathan Dunne and CTM Architects (architecture), Rob Andrews (branding), Elizabeth
Lynch (creative adviser)
Hornsey – VHH (architecture), Morag Myerscough (branding), Elizabeth Lynch (creative adviser)
Newcastle – Fletcher Priest (architecture), Elmwood (branding), Elizabeth Lynch (creative adviser)
Newham – Hawkins Brown (architecture), Sea Design (branding), William Warren (creative adviser)
Oldham – Mike Davies of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Mark Serventi (architecture), Rob Andrews (branding), William Warren (creative adviser)
Stockton – Building Design Partnership (architecture), Atelier Works (branding)
Stowmarket – Gumuchdjian Architects (architecture), Pentagram (branding), John Newbigin (creative adviser)
Torbay – Feilden Clegg Bradley (architecture), ASHA (branding), John Newbigin (creative adviser)
Trafford – Ellis Williams (architecture), Love Creative (branding), William Warren (creative adviser)
Wakefield – Bauman Lyons (architecture), Andy Edwards (branding), John Newbigin (creative adviser)

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  • leyil kara November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    the foundation works on, young people can find the inner creative tallent and give the world somethings fantastic

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