Street’s ahead: £6.5 million youth complex gets under way

Early building work in progress on The Street youth centre, on William Street car park. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121401g
Early building work in progress on The Street youth centre, on William Street car park. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121401g

SCARBOROUGH’S new £6.5 million youth and community complex is taking shape as the framework grows.

Work on the 3,000sq metre, four-storey centre called The Street started in January and is progressing on schedule.

Building work progresses on The Street youth centre, on William Street car park. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121401h 04/04/12

Building work progresses on The Street youth centre, on William Street car park. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121401h 04/04/12

Sixteen community service providers have already been lined up to take units in the new building when it opens in William Street coach park later this year.

Also, three of the four available retail units have already been earmarked for social enterprises.

Once complete, The Street will feature a sprung-floor sports hall, art studio, climbing wall, café, meeting rooms and recording studio.

The entire centre is being developed by Scarborough-based enterprise charity seachange, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

Seachange enterprise manager Sarah Fenwick said: “As soon as we began on site it generated a lot of interest.

“Seeing some tangible progress has been a catalyst to more and more enquiries coming in from people interested in being part of The Street.

“Units are being taken up and there is a genuine buzz about the whole thing.”

There will be up to 35 rentable units within The Street, ranging from small offices to larger suites.

Seachange will soon start taking bookings from sports and arts clubs, community groups and service providers for the activity spaces that The Street will offer.

This includes the meeting room, which can accommodate up to 40 people and has two break-out rooms. There is also the main hall, which accommodates sports activities, conferences and functions.

“We are starting to take enquiries for the activity spaces,” added Mrs Fenwick.

“At the moment we are looking at block bookings and have a preferential rate for any sports clubs or organisations who want to make a commitment now.”

Anyone interested in being part of The Street is asked to contact seachange on 01723 362205.