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Sustainability focused youth academy - with lots of timber

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Project Partners
Mowat and Co
Youth Federation
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An important, carefully considered balance

The client wants to build something special that reflects their sustainability aspiration, yet offers good value for money - not just day 1, but through the operational life of the building.

Mix that in with the loss of an existing playing pitch, some technical highways constraints and an ambitious programme and it made sense to appoint the joined up services of Enabl to offer a consistent strategy to bring the scheme forward through the planning stage into delivery.

As with any client who looks to retain the building, we look deeper into what really matters.  Saving a few pounds early on makes no sense if it ends up costing considerably more in the future.  Carrying out lifecycle cost analysis and cost testing renewable technologies is something we advocate and effectively manage to help clients avoid scary surprises down the line.

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Where is the scheme

Fermain was founded in 1938 as part of the governments post world war one drive to establish a network of “Clubs” to encourage sport and personal development amongst Britain’s male youth. It was previously known as Fermain Boys Club.  Pictured at the opening of the Fermain Club’s Oxford Road premises when it was originally opened in 1960 are Richard Attenborough, the film actor and producer and the then mayor Lily Davenport.


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