The Bronte Youth and Community Centre was established in the early 1960s in the wake of the 1960 Albermarle report into youth service. Situated next to dense housing development, Gerrard Gardens, a need for youth provisions in the area was recognised and The Bronte thrived as a community hub.
Since then, as high density social housing has been reduced in the area, the catchment size has significantly decreased, shrinking the number of regular users of the youth club provision.
Alongside this, funding cuts have put increasing strain on third sector organisations to continue offering services whilst remaining financially sustainable. Harrison Stringfellow and PLACED were appointed to investigate options and delivery for a sustainable future for the Bronte.
Through a range of consultations with both staff and users, and an evaluation of how the existing space is used, we developed an approach for The Bronte that not only addresses the physical structure of building and facilities, but also provides an overall strategy for how the centre can expand its offer and become more resilient.
The outline proposal demonstrates how simple adaptations to the building could generate an income, hence allowing for the core offer to be improved and expanded for a wider audience. The report is informed by a vision to re-establish The Bronte as a community hub, utilising its city location and making appropriate connections with local residents, schools, businesses and universities to secure its future.