Penoyre & Prasad provided voluntary architectural services to design this new conference and accommodation centre, including new Kick 4 Life offices, in Maseru, Lesotho.
Kick 4 Life is charity delivering a range of projects focused on tackling HIV through sports-based health education, life-skills development and support into education and employment. Its work is focused in Lesotho which has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world.
The new centre has enabled the charity to expand its youth programmes and will, with the completion of Phase 2, offer residential schemes to allow children from even remote areas to participate. It also facilitates revenue generating schemes, with rentable meeting spaces and conference rooms and a new social enterprise café, which provides training for, and is run by, street kids.
This project consolidates development work undertaken previously on the site, as part of FIFA’s ’20 Centres for 2010 Campaign’ which aimed to create 20 ‘Football for Hope’ Centres promoting public health, education and football in disadvantaged communities across Africa.
As a strategy to accommodate any future funding gaps, the new centre is built in two stages. Sleeping accommodation, not immediately required, will be located on the first floor and independently accessible during the second stage of construction. Design features include flexible partitions between conference rooms, a timber pergola to the west for ground floor shading and to create a community space to the café and a ‘sunset balcony’ on the first floor common room.