Youth Space up for top award

The newest building to grace Luton’s skyline has been nominated for a prestigious award.

The TOKKO Youth Space on Gordon Street, (right) has been shortlisted by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for its RIBA East of England awards – one of only 18 buildings to make the list.

Andy Calvert, executive manager at TOKKO, said: “The management team and the young people at TOKKO are very excited and proud that the building has been put forward for a national award. The young people worked alongside the architects to come up with this unique design, even doing their work experience at the architects’ offices, and have been included in all the decisions throughout the build and are still developing projects in the building.

“We all feel we have a building fit for purpose and a place where the community and especially young people can develop skills and have a safe place to meet with friends. A place that young people have ownership and want to be.

All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury early this month, with the winners of an RIBA East Award being announced during the evening of Thursday, April 10 at a celebratory event at Downing College, Cambridge.

egional winners will then go forward to be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.