Coin Street Community Builders (CSCB) is a development trust and social enterprise which seeks to make the South Bank (London, England) a better place in which to live, to work and to visit. All of its members are local residents. Since 1984 CSCB has transformed a largely derelict site into a thriving mixed use neighbourhood. It has overseen the completion of the South Bank riverside walkway; the creation of Bernie Spain Gardens and Gabriel’s Wharf; the refurbishment of Oxo Tower Wharf for mixed uses; and the building of 220 new homes for people in housing need. CSCB provides a diverse range of arts activities and events in Bargehouse, the.gallery@oxo, and through the annual Coin Street Festival. From its new Coin Street neighbourhood centre on Stamford Street, CSCB provides an integrated range of programmes for families, senior citizens, young people, and children – including a 64-place nursery and out-of-school activities. The centre also provides meeting and conference venues, access to training and employment opportunities and business and social enterprise support. In June 2008 the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA] named CSCB “Client of the Year” for transforming the South Bank by building a genuine community in London's cultural quarter.
Coin Street neighbourhood centre Edit
The neighbourhood centre which opened in October 2007, incorporates a number of sustainability aspects that include a BMS (building management system) that turns on the fluorescent lighting only when required, solar hot water for WCs and showers, rain water collection for WC flushing, carefully balanced glazing areas on each elevation for optimum shading and light admittance, mechanical ventilation in acoustically sensitive rooms that overrides the natural ventilation system only when required, super-insulated façade panels, roof and floors, exposed thermal mass GGBS (sustainable aggregate) concrete ceilings, and the extensive use of untreated FSC (forestry stewardship council) certified timber.
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