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Community Youth Zone

Client
OnSide
Community, Leisure

East Manchester Youth Zone will be the second OnSide Youth Zone in the City, providing an inspiring place for young Mancunians to spend their leisure time, meet new people and develop new skills.

It will provide thousands of young people from the local area with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to and will be open to young people aged 8-19 and up to 25 for those with a disability 7 days per week.  Members will have access to an indoor climbing wall, four court sports hall, training kitchen, music room with a recording studio, fully equipped gym, dance and drama studio, 3G kick pitch, arts and crafts room, enterprise and employability suite and much more.

Creating a visually appealing, safe and inspiring place for young people to enjoy spending time was a key consideration to the design.  The building elevation will consist of charcoal grey brickwork on the ground floor, contrasted with coloured metal cladding to the upper levels for striking visual impact. Rooflights will provide natural daylight and ventilation to the central recreation area and the large double-height internal spaces will create an open and welcoming feel.

Set to open in 2020, the £6million Youth Zone will be located on the former Gorton baths site at the corner of Hyde Road and Queensland Road.