Radlett Community Space
The Hertsmere Community Spaces, youth shelter has opened at Phillimore Recreation Ground in Radlett. The shelter offers a variety of seating and shelter and a new staging area for local events
The Hertsmere Community Spaces, youth shelter has opened at Philimore Recreation Ground, Radlett. This permanent new structure is designed to provide a variety of seating areas inside and out, a place to rest your bike and an open stage space facing the park. The Shelter has a robust steel sub-structure and is clad with a larch wood, which will age to a silver grey. A mesh screen sits at the front powder coated in gold to shade from the sun and provide a stage curtain for the stage. The fantastic fabrication was carried out by Mark Cosgrove Associates at The Scenery Shop.
The shelter is positioned close to the existing park facilities and area of existing high foot traffic. Many people already gather and use the existing bench on thie site and the shelter adds to these facilities. The space is close to the carpark and away from houses on the periphery of the recreation ground.
Key considerations for the positioning of the shelter were:
* Place where young people are already meeting
* Away from immediate houses
* Easily accessible to the community police via the car park
* If the youth center is set up in the park it will be a resource for this facility
* Looks over the park and playing field
The Hertsmere Community spaces shelters have been installed at The Moatfield in Bushey, Furzefield in Potters Bar and Phillimore Recreation Ground in Radlett. Superblue worked on this project with Green Heart Partnership and the team of officers from the Parks and Amenities, Communications, and Community Services teams at Hertsmere Borough Council, Aldenham Parish Council, the Police and other stakeholders. The design of these community spaces follows community consultation carried out with young people in summer 2007, which led to a successful application to the Big Lottery Play Fund.