Aberla completes M&E at OnSide’s Manchester Youth Zone

AberlaCompletes M&E at OnSides’s Manchester Youth Zone

Aberla M&E, Renewables, Energy

Aberla M&E, part of the Aberla Group, collaborated with Domis Construction to deliver OnSide’s Manchester Youth Zone (MYZ), a world-class youth centre that creates a safe and inspirational environment for young people to socialise.

OnSide Youth Zones is a nationwide charity that engages and enhances 50,000 lives per year by bringing together private sector investment, local community infrastructure and local authority guidance, to design areas where young people want to be.

MYZ has been developed according to OnSide’s 21st century youth work model, providing young people aged 8 to 19, and up to 25 with additional needs, with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

The state-of-the-art facility includes a climbing wall, boxing gym, sports hall, music room with recording studio and floodlit multi-use sport pitch. Also, dedicated rooms for 1 on 1 discussions and classes designed for increased mental health & wellbeing.

Aberla’s role in the project was to provide the full mechanical and electrical package, including rooftop solar panels, which were installed to produce renewable energy. In addition, LED lighting was integrated for increased energy efficiency, windcatchers were incorporated as a natural ventilation system throughout the centre and a building management system was implemented for operators to easily control energy usage.

Paul McCarren, CEO at Aberla Group commented, “It’s fantastic what they’re doing at OnSide, the impact these Youth Zones will have on the community is immeasurable. The East Manchester project is one very close to our hearts and we were ecstatic to be involved in.”

Peter Broughton, Director at WCP Associates stated, “As Onside Youth Zone’s Project Managers, we are proud of the huge difference this project will make to the lives of young people and the wider community in East Manchester. It’s an excellent enabler for young people to positively use their leisure time, allowing them to lead healthier, happier and more aspirational lives. Working with Aberla and others on the project has been a great experience and they have made the project run smoothly and professionally.”

OnSide Youth Zones are there for young people in deprived areas, where the alternative for many is spending their evenings on the streets or isolated in their bedrooms. For more information on their youth zones across the UK, please visit their website


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