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Ham Youth Centre wins prestigious urban development award

Ham Youth Centre has won a prestigious urban development and architecture award for their work in involving young people in the design of the new youth centre.

We won the youth category of the Inspire Future Generations Award run by Thornton Education Trust.

A group of young people, supported by the Youth Service's Ben Skelton and the Youth Engagement Team's Michael Connors, have been meeting regularly with Wr_ap Architects and members of Richmond Council's regeneration team.

Young people visited other developments for inspiration and had detailed discussions with the architects about the layout of the building, colour schemes and other practicalities.

From this innovative work the professionals involved have formed a working group to look at embedding youth involvement in future development and regeneration schemes.

They have now created a toolkit to be used in Richmond and Kingston.

Young volunteer and Ham Youth Centre member Giorgio Marretta, who was involved in the project said:

"I feel honoured that our hard work has been recognised. However it's important we continue with the engagement of young people in the building of the new centre and also the regeneration of Ham Close as a whole."

In the photo: Alice and Sean from Wr_ap Architects with Giorgio Marretta and Ben Skelton.