Inter-disciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper provided project management, cost management, building surveying and structural engineering to the project. The centre was designed by Gavin Leonard, chief architect at Ealing Council.
The centre offers support, education and training to young people leaving council care or moving away from foster parents in the London Borough of Ealing.
‘The scheme has so far been immensely successful in improving educational attainment and the life-chances of looked-after children in Ealing,’ said Chris Moore at McBains Cooper.
The design of the centre involved many of the young people who would be using it and features a graffiti-wall, made by the users themselves. It comprises a variety of flexible spaces that provide for the wide range of facilities that the centre provides.
The scheme involved the refurbishment and redevelopment of two existing derelict Victorian warehouse buildings. “By joining the locally important buildings together, the future of these deteriorating warehouses has been secured and will now provide an asset and make real difference to the local community of Ealing,” said Mr Moore.
The RICS Awards celebrate excellence across the four categories of Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Regeneration and Sustainability. The Horizon Centre won the Community Benefit category and went on to win the Overall Category. Last year’s London Winner was the Emirates Stadium where this year’s ceremony was held.
The Horizon Centre will go on top represent London in the final, to be held in October, which will showcase some of the best projects from around the country.