Youthscape at Bute Mills
Luton, Bedfordshire, UK
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 HOKâ€™s help to design
a feature wall by London artist Jason Bruges
the renovation of Bute Mills, a 1904 former
incorporates car parts manufactured in the
steam flour mill in Lutonâ€™s town center. HOK
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.
HOK’s 2016 Design Annual highlights projects ranging in scale from community gardens to supertall buildings.