FetLor Youth Club


FetLor youth club in Edinburgh traces its origins back to 1924. The current clubhouse, put up in 1960, had seen better days. It now has a brand new two-storey building with more space and opportunities.


FetLor is Scotland’s oldest youth club. Its existing single-storey structure, built in the 1960s, had fallen into a dilapidated state. A decision was taken to replace it with a striking new £2.5m building, clad in irregular depth corten steel panels.


A low running cost solution was required as this was key for the successful operation of the youth club. The proposed systems were to be tied into the existing adjacent nursery in order to maximise efficiency and reduce maintenance. This was a busy working site with a live children’s nursery adjacent to the site contract works, which was only accessible through the construction site boundary.


A ground source heat pump with an underfloor heating system was installed to serve both the youth club and nursery to reduce the club’s running and maintenance costs. A user-friendly passive ventilation solution with automatic controls was utilised throughout to maximise fresh air and minimise energy consumption. The underfloor heating system has maximised the user floor areas for the gym halls, dance halls, teaching studios and toilets in order to reduce exposed and visible services which could be subject to damage and replacement. The building was constructed in Corten steel panels to provide an architecturally unique finish which attracts an interest to the club.


Key Facts

Crewe Toll, Edinburgh
Client: Fet Lor Community Group
Photographer: Graeme Duncan
Awards: 2017 RIAS/RIBA Awards – Shortlisted



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