Carnival Village

Client: Carnival Village Trust
Architect: Foster Wilson
Value: £3m
Period: 75 weeks

The recently completed Yaa Centre provides a new hope for the Carnival Village Trust as well as the Association of British Calypsonians, Ebony Steel Band and Yaa Asantewaa.

The works on site entailed partial demolition of an existing structure, refurbishment of the remaining building to provide a soundproof rehearsal facility. A new steel, concrete and glass structure was constructed to provide the workshops and community centre facilities, all completed through a very restricted access.

Dedicated to the promotion of Carnival Arts, the centre accommodates workshops, teaching rooms, rehearsal and performance facilities, exhibition spaces, an Internet Café, a bar, kitchen and administrative offices. The building incorporates rainwater harvesting, a bio-diversity roof, swift boxes and large triple-glazed rooflights with solar shading to maximise internal daylight levels whilst limiting solar gain.