Sutton Life Centre
Sutton Life Centre is a community centre in Sutton, South London. It is an £8 million facility designed to make youths more streetwise. Its key feature – 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 cafe, a climbing wall, and community, eco, sports, youth and media zones. It tries to encourage community engagement and involvement. 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.
The Life Centre has attracted considerable controversy with critics describing it as a waste of public money. Criticism was picked up in the regional London press and on ITV news.
It was opened on 27 October 2010 by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.<ref name=horsefly>"Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg officially opened Sutton Life Centre", Sutton Guardian, 27 October 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2011.</ref>