Mahdlo Youth Zone Oldham

Oldham was identified as one of the areas that the charitable organisation OnSide would develope a state-of-the-art Youth Zone receiving £5m funding from the MyPlace programme.

The aim was to deliver high quality activities and experiences for young people from Oldham aged 8-19 (25 with a disability) to enhance the quality of their lives and provide support services for those who need additional help to achieve their potential.

Mahdlo is a three-storey building which has a dedicated sports hall, climbing wall, gym/fitness suite, boxing studio, dance and performing arts studio and music and multi-media spaces. Also included are a cafe, games and social areas and an outdoor 3G pitch.

The building was designed to let as much daylight into the spaces as possible with many areas glazed in Rodeca’s 50mm polycarbonate panels in various finishes. A large translucent polycarbonate roof above the main circulation area floods the double height space with natural light. Opaque panels to the high level glazing on the gymnasium reduces glare whilst allowing plenty of diffused light for safer activities. The use of colour and pastel panels to the social areas provide welcoming, bright and vibrant atmospheric spaces.

Client: OnSide

Architect: Eric Wright Group

Product:  Facade: PC 2550-10 Full colour & opal/colour Duocolor

Roof: RT F25 

Size: Facade  300m2, Roof  210m2