Waterloo youth centre nears completion

Lambeth Council's chief executive presided at the recent topping-out ceremony at the groundbreaking centre on Waterloo Millennium Green.

The innovative building has been designed by the council's Design and Technical Services team and built along green and sustainable principles.

Chief Executive Faith Boardman marked the completion of the current phase of building works by laying out the final piece of turf on the living (green) roof at the new youth resource centre in Waterloo Road.

The Centre will be staffed and run by Lambeth's youth services team who will manage the Millennium Green, an adventure playground and the centre itself. The Blackfriars Trust, local community groups in addition to Lambeth lifelong learning facilities will also occupy the building.

The new building incorporates a number of creative environmentally friendly concepts including the sedum covered green roof, a recycled rainwater flushing system for the toilets and solar panels. Occupying more than 600 square metres of floorspace, the Centre has been designed to deliver a wide-range of youth services and will provide training, education and employment for young people.

An elegant and attractive construction, the accommodation consists of a two-storey glass rotunda, with a cyber cafe and drop-in cafe. The upper floor has an office with the training and resource rooms served by a lift accessible to disabled users.

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