A CHILDREN'S centre in Tottenham has won an award for its ability to include the whole community.

The Triangle Children, Young People and Community Centre, designed by Greenhill Jenner Architects, has won a Civic Trust Award for inclusive design.

It is the highest recognition granted by the Civic Trust and is the second design award the centre, in St Ann's Road, has won since it £4.2 million refurbishment in 2007.

The Civic Trust is independent nationwide charity dedicated to improving communities.

Councillor Kaushika Amin, cabinet member for enterprise and regeneration, said: "This award is a wonderful recognition for the Triangle Centre and the work that has gone into making the design as inclusive as possible for the whole community.

"The Centre is an excellent example of physical regeneration that has had a direct and positive impact on local residents."

The original Triangle Centre first opened in the 1980s to provide services for children and young people and additionally offered after-school activities for children aged five to 11.

But it only had limited facilities and an uninspiring appearance.

The new building was expanded to house a number of other services for children and young people and now includes the Plevna Children’s Centre, Paignton Play Centre and a youth club.

The centre also provides a 75-space nursery, after-school play clubs and hosts training programmes for parents, young people and adults.

The main hall has space for five-a-side football and community meetings.

The Civic Trust judges praised the centre for the "meticulous attention to detail" in the design.

They were also impressed by the centre's step-free access throughout the building, the range of features to help reduce its environmental impact, and the landmark quality of the building.

Sue James, head of Triangle centre, said: "Since opening, the number of residents making use of the Triangle Centre has increased dramatically.

"The improved appearance and excellent facilities have made the Triangle Centre a huge success with the local community."