Crowborough Community Facility

Structural Designer

vkhp consulting

Client Name

Crowborough Community Association


Crowborough, United Kingdom


This two storey building was designed to serve the local community due to the dilapidation of the previous community centre, originally built in 1925. The new structure was designed to demonstrate quality, both in terms of appearance and services offered. The glulam timber portals were chosen not only to add to the aesthetics, but also to offer a large, open plan area. With strict noise constraints in place throughout the build, the team manufactured the SIPS panels offsite, providing the necessary stability without the need for extensive noisy fixing associated with other cladding systems.

Judge's comment:

The judges found this project to be of great benefit to the local community, providing a space for clubs and organisations to meet. The centre was built with consideration for local people, creating a new trunk road especially for heavy construction traffic, minimising noise pollution and disruption in residential areas. The project is a fine example of structural engineering benefitting a local community.

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