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Bond Bryan-designed community centre starts on-site

Construction will begin shortly on a new community centre designed by national practice Bond Bryan Architects, which will serve the Seacroft area of Leeds. Planning permission was granted last week.

The £3.5 million, 1,270m² building, located adjacent to the David Young Community Academy (DYCA) on Bishops Way, will facilitate the delivery of essential local services including community health, social services, post-16 education, community policing and cadets.

Bond Bryan also designed the David Young Community Academy, which opened in 2006.

Bond Bryan associate director Andrew Brodie says: “The design of the two-storey building focuses on a double-height internal courtyard which acts as an informal meeting area. Arranged around the courtyard are a range of flexible spaces including meeting and consultation rooms, hot desking areas and a multipurpose community hall that will support the services which the local community needs.

“Bringing these services into the heart of the community will improve accessibility, leading to greater take up.

“The first floor accommodation - which also wraps around the courtyard - includes an IT room, children’s playroom, interview rooms, classrooms and a meeting room. The classrooms and meeting rooms have moveable walls between them to enable larger spaces to be created for bigger groups.”

The contractor is BAM and the target completion date is summer 2011.

The building has been named The Moyes Centre at DYCA in recognition of the work of DYCA founding chair of governors Hartley Moyes, who has also been instrumental in the creation of this new facility.

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