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New youth centre is a real teenage dream thanks to Tata Steel

11 March 2013 No Comment

When designing a flagship youth centre it’s essential it’s not only modern but represents inspiration and motivation – and this dip-dyed development is definitely bang-on trend.

Welcome to The Factory, the first young people’s centre to be built in Birmingham for over six years. It’s a hip, happening, £5m haven for Longbridge’s teens, designed with their exact needs in mind.


£5m kids centre is right up teen street thanks to Tata Steel


Inside you’ll find anything and everything kids aged 13-19 would want. A state-of-the-art IT suite….a performing arts space to put them centre stage…a music and media centre…a workshop…outdoor games area, garden and crucially, a cool café to chillax with their mates. All supported by an in-centre team of Youth Workers and partners from the local youth voluntary sector to encourage enterprise and further education in a fun and stimulating environment.


But it’s not just the inside that’s got teenagers – and adults – talking. The exterior – a fusion of silver, hot pink and grey, has made an instant impact on the area and the overall redevelopment of Longbridge.


Its graduating bold design was created using vertically-laid, varied modules of Europanel F5, with each panel finished with Colorcoat Prisma® pre-finished steel, giving the exterior its spectrum of shades and an architecturally flat finish. Contemporary window pods are seamlessly integrated into the panels, resulting in a unique building design that’s definitely puts the funky in functional.

Funky yet functional – £5m youth centre is cool for kids


And it’s a space that will be striking for generations to come, thanks to Colorcoat’s unrivalled corrosive-resistance and colour-retention properties, backed by its unique Confidex® 40-year guarantee for all Colorcoat Prisma® products.


This is one Factory in the UK that’s definitely fit for the future.

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