Birtley Young People’s Club

Project Summary

The purpose-built multi-sports facility in Gateshead for ‘Birtley Young People’s Club’ is now providing many young people in Birtley with the opportunity to take part in sport.  Winners of both National and Regional RICS 2012 Community Benefit Award.

The facility includes two gyms, three boxing rings, two junior grass pitches a conference room, office and classroom space.

The club relocated to the new state-of the-art facility in Birtley, transforming an unattractive derelict area into a multi-sports hub.

Over 150 local youngsters currently attend the club, and although some of these have gone on to compete internationally, the club is primarily community-focused and aims to promote health and fitness to youngsters. The facility is already accommodating pre-Olympic training during the London 2012, as well as providing a potential base for commonwealth boxing teams in 2014 for Glasgow Commonwealth games.


Our Approach

The height of the building has been kept to a minimum and the footprint size has been determined by the minimum space standards for the sporting activities and the necessary support accommodation.

Careful consideration was given to the external appearance and material choice for the new building in order to avoid an industrial look. The surrounding residential area is predominately made up from red facing brickwork with slate pitched roofs. This observation was key in the external design to reflect, enhance and regenerate a once disused and overgrown piece of land.

The proposed metal windows and doors are simple and contemporary in a style which will complement some of the existing architectural characteristics.

Disabled access is provided and tactile paving is located where necessary. Lighting is provided to assist visually impaired people. A passenger lift is provided internally for vertical access.


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