Sutton Life Centre

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Sutton Life Centre
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Interior of the Sutton Life Centre
General information
Location Sutton, Greater London
Address 24 Alcorn Close, Sutton, SM3 9PX
Country England
Coordinates 51°22′44″N 0°12′6″W / 51.37889°N 0.20167°W / 51.37889; -0.20167Coordinates: 51°22′44″N 0°12′6″W / 51.37889°N 0.20167°W / 51.37889; -0.20167
Opening 27 October 2010
Cost £8 million
Client London Borough of Sutton
Design and construction
Architecture firm Curl la Tourelle Architects[1]

The Sutton Life Centre is a community centre in Sutton, South London. It is an £8 million facility designed to make young people more streetwise and better able to deal with the dangers and risks they can face in life. It aims to encourage community engagement and involvement. It was opened on 27 October 2010 by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.[2]


The Sutton Life Centre

The key feature of the centre – The Lifezone – is a virtual street, a room with screens on all walls showing real-life scenes from Sutton's streets. It also has a library, a café, a climbing wall, and community, eco, sports, youth and media zones. The library is designed to resemble a High Street bookshop more than a traditional library. It also opens longer and has a self-service facility for borrowing books.[3] Life Skills Tours use award-winning movie set technology to help pupils make the right choices on current national issues facing young people, ranging from knife crime to internet safety.

Energy efficiency[edit]

Renewable energy on site provides for half of the building's requirement,[1] and it was given an award of excellence by BREEAM for its use of sustainable energy. The centre was included in the 2014 Open House London programme.[4]

Award from Suzy Lamplugh Trust[edit]

The centre was instrumental in the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, a joint venture between the London Borough of Sutton and the Metropolitan Police, winning the national Safer Community Award from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust in 2010. Sarah Haddon of the Trust said:[5]


  1. ^ a b "Sutton Life Centre". New London Architecture. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg officially opened Sutton Life Centre", Sutton Guardian, 27 October 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Sutton Life Centre", Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  4. ^ "The Sutton Life Centre". Open House London. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lifetime award for pioneering centre 30.11.10". LBS Press Office. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 

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