The Rooute Centre, Torbay

Planning approval has been granted for a £2 Million community building in Torquay designed by Rud Sawers Architects. The project  is a partnership between Torbay Council, Shekinah Mission and Chapter 1 Housing Association, It is an education, training and employment facility for the most socially excluded members of Torbay.

The building is a sustainable, multi-use social enterprise centre for public use. It will increase the skills and self-confidence of the most disadvantaged communities in Torbay and enable them to make a full and active contribution to the local economy.

The building will act as a hub for wide reaching social and community based activities and provide support to the community. As well as reinforcing the skills development of businesses and individuals. The building is located at Lymington Road Coach Station and includes coach waiting area, a landscaped public courtyard, café, teaching accommodation, a lecture theatre and administration offices. It also reinstates the existing CCTV centre, taxi rank and WC’s currently housed on the site. The building will be partially built using unskilled labour.

The project is to meet Breeam ‘excellent’ criteria and is supported by the community as part of the Mayoral vision. 

Client – Chapter 1 H. A. and Shekinah Mission

Cost – £2.2 million