L & H wins SCALA award for Westfield Folkhouse design in UK
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L & H wins SCALA award for Westfield Folkhouse design in UK

16 Oct 2012

Lewis and Hickey Architects (L & H) has won the Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities' (SCALA) award for its work on £6.5m Westfield Folkhouse in Mansfield, Nottingham, UK.

Westfield Folkhouse design in UK

Lewis and Hickey Architects (L & H) has won the Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities’ (SCALA) award for its work on £6.5m Westfield Folkhouse in Mansfield, Nottingham, UK.

The design and build project was carried out by Ocon Construction for its developer Catsup, after Nottinghamshire County Council had appointed the firm for the project.

L & H refurbished the existing building and extended it with a new structure and surrounding activity gardens.

The new building now features multi-media gaming zones, DJ booths, a dance studio, as well as outdoor graffiti walls and skateboard ramps.

L & H said that the building was stripped back internally, and refurbished using traditional methods of remodelling and conservation.

The new house now features a suite of offices, meeting rooms and designated areas for specialist youth and community services.

L & H director of architecture Adrian Hollis said that although the brief was complex, the building delivers all the key elements and the design has certainly inspired the young people.

"The centre will successfully sustain community groups for many years to come," Hollis said.

Derby based construction firm GF Tomlinson served as a contractor for the project.

Most of the money for the project came from the UK government’s Myplace fund, which is a £270m programme intended to create new facilities across England.

Others awards won by the new Westfield Folkhouse include the Community Recognition Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Best Community Development from the Local Authority Building Control, the Civic Trust Community Award and the Best Regeneration Project at the East Midlands Property Awards.


Image: The new Westfield Folkhouse features a suite of offices, meeting rooms and designated areas for specialist youth and community services. Photo: courtesy of Lewis and Hickey Architects.