Meriden Community Centre

LOM has helped Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust transform Meriden Community Centre and re-open it to the public.

PROJECT:
Meriden Community Centre

CLIENT:
Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust

LOCATION:
Watford

SECTOR:
|Education

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After refurbishment the 900sqm community centre in Garsmouth Way, Watford, has brand new facilities including a multi-purpose hall, gym, meeting rooms, cafe and a 3G artificial all-weather grass pitch. The Centre will serve the entire community and is also equipped for table tennis, yoga, martial arts, dance and IT lessons.

LOM has given Meriden maximum effect by concentrating the limited budget on interior spaces with bold use of colours and graphics overlaid on simple finishes and exposed services. Slatted timber cladding was chosen to partially wrap around the façade to give a striking appearance and to protect glazed elements that would otherwise be vulnerable to vandalism. The interior was remodelled to create versatile and adaptable spaces that will support a range of different activities.

Meriden Community Centre by LOM architecture and design - new partial timber facade Meriden Community Centre by LOM architecture and design - cafe and flexible event space

“Meriden shows what can be achieved on a relatively constrained budget. The refurbishment has given the centre a new phase in its life and management by Watford FC Community Sports & Education will bring great outcomes to the local community” said Richard Hutchinson director of LOM architecture and design.

Former England football manager Graham Taylor OBE, officially re-opened the centre, at the end of 2016, before he passed away, alongside Mayor of Watford Baroness Dorothy Thornhill MBE; and Watford FC’s Troy Deeney, Heurelho Gomes and Jerome Sinclair.

Funding for the centre was made possible thanks to Sport England, Watford Borough Council, Football Foundation, Watford Community Housing Trust, Watford FC and Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust.

Meriden Community Centre by LOM architecture and design - refurbished sports hall Meriden Community Centre by LOM architecture and design - new gym
Meriden Community Centre by LOM architecture and design - 3G football pitch
I am personally delighted to open Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust’s new fantastic 3G pitch at the Meriden Centre. My role as Football Foundation Ambassador allows me to see the massive difference that these types of grassroots facilities make.

Graham Taylor OBE, former England and Watford FC manager

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