Location: Poplar, Tower Hamlets
Client: Higgins Construction
Completed: June 2015
Architect: RPS Architect
Value: £6,000,000

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Spotlight is a new build multi use unit comprising a youth centre, boxing gym with changing rooms and sauna.  The youth centre also includes social lounges, games hall with café, training, meeting and homework rooms, music laboratory, recital suit, health counseling suite and all back-office supporting services.


Spotlight youth centre was constructed close to the development of Langdon Park School which uses the youth centre for additional classrooms and facilities such as drama and the auditorium space for productions as well as music technology


The development included 2 large box forms reaching 14m high to provide a magnificent performance space.  A central atrium is the main focal point and runs the full height of the building.


The Project aimed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard.


From and Employer’s brief NLG Associates were responsible for the detailed design of all mechanical, electrical and public health services including undertaking a full thermal model and overheating report developing strategies for M&E services and night-time cooling.


  • Overheating report undertaken adopting strategies for night-time cooling of the thermal mass concrete slab.
  • Fully co-ordinated mechanical, electrical and public health designs
  • The electrical services incorporated specialist stage lighting and sound systems.
  • BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating achieved.

Spotlight has been achieved several industry awards including;


  • 2015 Civic Trust Awards – Spotlight Youth Space – Winner
  • 2014 World Architecture Festival – Building of the Year Award