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Luton, Bedfordshire, UK

Completion: 2015

Youthscape, a UK-based charity organization

feeling while maintaining the integrity of the

feeds enable youth social workers from

that seeks positive transformation in the lives

historic brick structure. In the reception area,

across the country to participate in virtual

of young people, enlisted HOK’s help to design

a feature wall by London artist Jason Bruges

training sessions.

the renovation of Bute Mills, a 1904 former

incorporates car parts manufactured in the

steam flour mill in Luton’s town center. HOK

Luton area.

provided more than 380 hours of pro bono

operating costs. The team reused timbers

architecture and interior design services to

A cozy living room and training kitchen on

removed from the roof in the new structural

transform the historic industrial building into

the lower ground floor create a multipurpose

solution and in the design of the reception

an active youth center.

area for tutoring and relaxation. Other floors

desk. FSC-rated timber; low-VOC, water-

incorporate space for training, mentoring,

based paints; and low-energy LED lighting

The 10,000-sq.-ft. Bute Mills building enables

events and offices. Beneath the original wood

promote a healthy environment.

Youthscape to expand its programs and assist

beams, an open auditorium on the top floor

more young people. The renovations include

promotes collaboration between staff and

the installation of new heating and electrical

students for education and training.

systems, insulation, windows, significant structural work and a new interior layout.

Youthscape envisions that Bute Mills will become a national hub for innovation in youth

â—„ existing building on bute street

Sustainable and low-energy strategies reduce

The renovated center features vibrant interior

work. New conference and event facilities

finishes, inspiring environmental graphics

support this mission, providing space for

and colorful furnishings that evoke a youthful

teacher training and inspiration. Audiovisual

2016 design annual

10,000 sq. ft. / 930 sq. m.

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.

2016 HOK Design Annual  

HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.