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Featherstone Young constructs boxing gym for Grenfell Tower club

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

London architecture studio Featherstone Young has built the Bay 20 community centre to change the health club lost by the Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Grenfell Tower fire

The boxing club was based out of Grenfell Tower, a property block in west London that ignited in 2017, killing 72 individuals.

Ever since the club had been required to use a parking lot to train in, so Featherstone Young offered its architectural services totally free of charge to build it a new health club as part of BBC television show The Huge Build.

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

” This is a very unusual task in regards to procurement, but it demonstrates how a well-considered, complex structure can be understood from inception to completion in just 5 months– and supply an important and long-term neighborhood resource for the future,” stated Jeremy Young, co-founder of Featherstone Young.

Bay 20 lies under a flyover bridge for the Westway, an elevated dual carriageway, on a plot that utilized to be empty and unattainable.

It includes a two-storey neighborhood centre and a one-storey boxing health club with a mezzanine flooring. The 2 centers deal with each other across a connecting “social street” that is lit by radiant fibreglass sculptures.

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

The boxing health club, which opened in September 2018, has a boxing ring, a training and gym location, along with altering rooms, showers and toilets.

The fitness center’s outside facade is made of toughened glass that supplies additional lighting to the street outside in the evening.

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

Inside the community centre part of Bay 20 there is a reception area and 2 big halls topped both floorings, along with smaller sized meeting spaces, a neighborhood kitchen, and toilet facilities.

The very first floor of the community centre has large windows and cantilevers out 2.5-metres over the park alongside it.

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

Bay 20 was based around a principle described by Featherstone Young as “baggy area”.

” A light touch style is employed to create a location that motivates users to fill the gaps and take ownership, rather than offer a more rigid design that dictates what activities ought to take place within a space,” described the studio.

” Along with fulfilling its sporting purpose, the area likewise provides favorable outcomes for the broader community, providing wellbeing activities for all ages, with take-up from local schools, joblessness tasks and Grenfell residents.”

Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club in the Bay 20 community centre and Grenfell Tower boxing club by Featherstone Young

Last year a group of designers advanced some concepts for reconditioning the Lancaster West Estate in London, the social real estate development where Grenfell Tower lies.

The concepts, which include raised flower beds and neighborhood areas, were the result of assessments and workshops with regional homeowners to discover out what improvements they desired made to their homes.

Photography is by Brotherton– Lock


Job credits:

Client: BBC and Westway Trust

Architect: Featherstone Young

Structural engineer: Conisbee

M&E Engineer: Hoare Lea

Professional: Galliard Homes

Steel frame superstructure: B&W Engineers

Ground works: Modebest

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