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Wednesday30 July 2014

Construction is underway on Astudio’s youth facility

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The £4.5m project is situated in Luton

Construction has started on a £4.5 million youth facility for Luton, designed by London-based architects Astudio.

Branded TOKKO, after a competition for young people to name the youth centre, the new building will feature a climbing wall, roof terrace, performance area, dance studio, media centre and cafe.

The project, which is designed for 14-19 year olds, sits on a brownfield site in the heart of Luton and will rise to over five storeys. Astudio developed the design with input from local young people and Luton’s Youth Steering Group in a series of 14 design workshops alongside Luton Council.

Astudio has designed the building in response to the development’s location in the heart of the Town Centre Conservation Area. The building also benefits from an environmentally sustainable design, for example, with air source heat pumps and a brown roof.

Max Rengifo, director at Astudio, said: “Key to this project was maximising the site and delivering the right spaces for numerous activities for young people. The briefing stage was therefore critical. Not only did we visit other centres and engage with young people as part of the design process, we also surveyed the site with them, invited them to visit our studio and, as part of their work experience, learn about architecture and comment on our designs for their centre, so we could make sure we delivered the best possible result.”

The project is due for completion in April 2013.

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