Tarling Road Community Centre


The project

When the Old Barn Community Centre stopped being useful to the community, it was time for something completely different. We were called on to oversee and develop technical and production information from RIBA Stage 4 to 7 for a new centre, which was the first project to be handed over as part of Barnet’s Strategic Construction Partnership with Graham Construction.

Fresh approach

Inspired by the opportunity, the Council wanted to provide the community with a new state-of-the-art facility that supported local groups and families including the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association (SBWA).

The new facility provides 980 square metres of functional space, as well as a learning area, large meeting hall and café with seating and external facilities including table tennis, growing beds, a herb garden, seating areas and a covered soft play for a new self-contained nursery facility. Electric charging points have also been integrated into the car park.

Engaging with the local community

The proposals were developed in close consultation with residents and were showcased at public exhibitions to inform the design development. The design incorporates a number of sustainability initiatives to help reduce the buildings environmental impact. The building is designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.