Our Inclusive Sports Facility for the YMCA is complete
Our Inclusive Sports Facility for the YMCA has transformed the existing facility at the Princes Road site to create a Centre of Excellence for disability sport, health and wellbeing to be officially opened next month by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. Working closely with the client and stakeholders, we developed an ambitious brief to provide an exemplar facility to showcase Paralympic sports and further the YMCA’s main focus to provide support and inspiration to those who are vulnerable, have a disability or face disadvantage within the local community.
The project involved both significant refurbishment works of the existing 1990s YMCA building and a large extension to provide a new sports hall on the site of an existing external football pitch. A large area of the existing building was retrofitted to create a connection across two levels to the new hall with a flexible-use viewing gallery and activity room and a suite of accessible changing and consultation facilities. A key feature of this design is the use of glulam for the structural elements; the warm, natural appearance brings a special character to the space, the benefit of which can be measured by the joy and satisfaction of those who use the building.