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Croydon Youth Zone

Legacy in larch

Rising up from the mature treeline of the nearby recreation ground, Legacy Croydon Youth Zone presents a warm and inviting face to the community.

SILA Select® Cladding skimmed boards - used in Board on board layout (125 & 100mm) and fixed with L-GoFix® screws | John Puttick Associates
SILA Select® Cladding skimmed boards – used in Board on board layout (125 & 100mm) and fixed with L-GoFix® screws | John Puttick Associates
SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws | John Puttick Associates | Travis Perkins
SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws

Naturally striking

The centre – which aims to offer ‘somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to’ – provides a four-court sports hall, climbing wall, gym, performance space, arts and music rooms and café for young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with disabilities.

Contrasting materials

Architects John Puttick Associates designed the building with two connected parts – the performance space to the north and sports hall to the south – wrapped in a vertical cladding that adds warmth to the more utilitarian charcoal brick base.

SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws
SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws

We enjoyed working with Russwood. The technical team were able to provide good support to our architects as we developed the technical details of the timber façade, which was a crucial element of this project.

SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws
SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws

Sound environmental credentials

Russwood SILA Select® Siberian Larch was chosen for its natural, durable finish, and its sound environmental credentials. The vertical layering of 125×25 rough sawn planks laid board on board adds textural relief to the massing through the different shadow lines created, while detailing such as a breather membrane, insect mesh and counter battens ensure the longevity of the cladding. L-GoFix® MS A2 screws provide discrete fixings that do not interrupt the clean lines of the façade. Thoughtful touches such as the planting of meadow grass in landscaped areas enhance biodiversity whilst keeping the striking building sensitive to its natural setting.

SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws
SILA Select® Cladding with skimmed face and fixed using L-GoFix® screws

Products Used

SILA Select® Siberian Larch

SILA Select® Siberian Larch cladding is a popular choice due to its versatility & excellent durability.
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L-GoFix® A2 Screws

Cladding screw for effective fixing and neat detailing.
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