The Clayton Community Centre is designed as a futuristic community centre, combining four aspects of the City of Surrey’s community services—recreation, library, arts and parks in a seamlessly integrated facility. The centre is located in the culturally diverse and rapidly growing neighbourhood of Clayton Heights in Surrey, BC, and is sited between two closely spaced secondary schools. The social fabric of the surrounding context has led to a design that focuses on meeting the needs of youth, while providing key community gathering spaces to support the development of overall community connections.
The four key service offerings, recreation, library, arts and parks, although currently operating through different funding and staffing models, will work collaboratively in this new centre under a new governance structure facilitated as part of the design process. Clayton Community Centre, scheduled to open its doors in 2019, is also designed to achieve Passive House certification, putting it on track to be the first community centre to achieve Passive House in North America and Canada’s largest Passive House facility to date.
The unique mix of spaces combines arts and culture programming including music studios, recording studios and a community rehearsal hall, with recreational activities including a gymnasium and fitness centre, and a branch library. These key services are supported by a range of shared social spaces and a unique mix of supplementary spaces, imagined and developed in close engagement with the community, that are designed to allow for community-led programming to occur. These spaces include a community kitchen and associated community garden, a tool sharing centre with a community workhop, a café, and child-minding, preschool and childcare spaces.