Meads Community Centre, Sittingbourne, Kent

The streets around the new Meads community centre are called Emerald Crescent, Moonstone Square, Ruby Close. We decided to turn the community centre into a green jewel, sitting in a verdant garden. The building houses the brief for an emerging community, including nursery, sport hall, office, café, and flexible spaces for tea dances, tai-chi and other choices that are to be tested in use. Each face of the building works hard to deliver a new localised context, face and space. All uses are set around a kitchen, and a hall space, each of which are special infrastructures for social opportunity.


View of the entrance area, a space opening onto the nursery, kitchen and the large hall.