Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre - Stoke-on-Trent

The Project

An arc of Pilkington Planar™ Triple curves beneath the "Spitfire wing" roof sheltering the entrance to the newly refurbished Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Centre commemorates Reginald Joseph Mitchell, designer of the iconic Spitfire Battle of Britain fighter. The £4 m refurbishment has included upgrading of the auditorium, a new 1,000 ft² dance studio and new changing rooms, as well as the glass fronted cafe extension which forms the front entrance.

More than 50 m² of Pilkington Planar™ Triple has been used to form the deeply curved facade of the extension, made up of an outer pane of 10 mm Pilkington Planar™ Sun with a centre pane of 6 mm Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear and an inner layer of 6 mm Pilkington K Glass™. Since the facade leans outwards, full height mullions had to be installed to frame the vertical entrance doors.

* Mitchell (1895-1937) was chief designer at Vickers Armstrong Supermarine but never lived to see the success of his most famous creation. The Memorial Centre was opened in 1957 by Group Captain Douglas Bader and in 2003, Mitchell was voted the "Greatest Midlander of All Time" - ahead of Shakespeare - in a BBC TV regional poll.

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Project Details
Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Opening Date
Jun 2011
Building Type
  • Public
About the Architect/Installer
Bennett Architectural
Benefit Led Categories
  • Glass Systems
  • Thermal Insulation