Activity Centre, Shedfield

An activity centre for disadvantaged children, the building received one of the 1998 RIBA Awards for Architecture and was a runner up in that year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize. The centre also received a Winchester City Council Architecture Commendation.

The building was erected using a green oak, pegged structure and creates an environment where education and adventure converge, perfect for outdoor games, learning about the countryside and fostering leadership and team building skills.

Shortly after the centre was opened, on a hot summer's afternoon, the excited chatter of a group of youngsters playing on the lookout tower could be heard. The children were arguing over the trajectory of a model aircraft, aimed at the camping field below, when the cry went up - ‘Go on, try and land it on the camp fire!'

At that moment, it seemed all the work in creating the building had been truly worthwhile. Children were gaining experience and having fun. The structure was, quite literally, providing a launch pad for their imagination.

Shedfield Activity Centre, South Elevation Shedfield Activity Centre, Main Entrance
Shedfield Activity Centre, Main Building under Construction Shedfield Activity Centre, Lookout Tower