Open Youth Venue



The Open Youth Venue was created through the conversion of a grade II listed banking hall, previously occupied by Barclays.

Known simply as ‘Open’ – it is a safe gathering place for teenagers and young adults up to the age of 25. The project followed a consultation with a group of local teenagers about the type of facilities they would use.


  • The venue features an alcohol-free bar
  • Restaurant
  • Internet café
  • Gym
  • Climbing wall
  • Live music stage
  • Dance and music studios
  • Training rooms

Spaces resembling a covered street market accommodate services such as Jobcentre Plus, the local NHS Primary Care Trust and Norwich City College.

The conversion of the banking hall includes a new mezzanine walkway in the hall to match the existing one; both are joined by a platform that acts as a first floor viewing gallery.

Our Commitment:

  • Responsibly selected materials from sustainable sources, including the use of local suppliers to reduce the amount of CO² used on deliveries.
  • Detailed take-offs were put into practice to ensure minimal waste
  • 85% of all site generated waste was recycled
  • 85% of all non hazardous demolition waste was recycled
  • A site waste management plan recorded how waste was controlled.
  • Low emission light bulbs throughout the building
  • Motion sensitive lighting and taps.


  • LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Award
  • Norfolk Association of Architects Craftsmanship 2010 full award.


Rachael Murray, marketing and events manager:

‘It’s something that people in Norwich should be really proud of. It’s a new concept of youth services in that it combines leisure, health and education.’

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