BLACKPOOL’S new youth hub is taking shape.
The steel frame of the £4m Southpoint Youth Hub, on St Annes Road near Palatine School, is almost complete.
North West firm Conlon Construction began work on the futuristic Big Lottery Funded Myplace project on St Annes Road in October last year.
When finished, the complex will include performance and media space, a recording studio, cafe and shop, IT area, offices, climbing wall, dance studio, gym space, games room and a wildlife and flower area. The centre will also offer advice services to help young people get back into education or employment and provide support on issues such as teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse.
Coun Amy Cross, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for younger people, said: “Young people have been involved from day one of this project and had a hand in designing the interior as well as the overall look of the building. The whole place has been created with their needs and ideas in mind.
“We need to ensure young people have access to all the help and support they need both in terms of their social needs as well as their personal development needs. Southpoint will offer young people a safe and inspiring environment in which they can grow, learn and achieve.”
Myplace is part of the Government’s Aiming High strategy. The ten year project was announced in July 2007 to help young people, particularly those in deprived areas, take part in activities to help them develop new skills and raise aspirations.
Conlon Construction, director Michael Conlon said: “Although the awful winter weather caused some delays in progress, we are now on target for the project to complete in March. This is an exciting and innovative project for us to work on as the building is such an unusual shape and is bound to turn heads. The finished centre will be stunning and provide invaluable resource for the local area.”