Revised plans unveiled for youth project

Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park
Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park
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REVISED plans for Scarborough’s new £6.5 million youth centre have been formally submitted.

Scarborough Council are expected to give the new blueprints the go-ahead next month, with the building, known as The Street, set to open in late summer 2012.

There are no major architectural changes to the plans, but the design and other features have been altered by architects.

Simon Parker from Harrogate-based Seven Architecture, said: “The design for The Street has been further refined and tailored to meet the needs of its users. 

“The building offers a dynamic new centre for the town’s youth with a cafe, music and art studios and range of multi-use spaces, adjacent to a viewing balcony overlooking a community hall.”

As well as looking at the needs of local residents, architects met with young people who have been involved with the project since its inception.

Devon Page, who sits on Scarborough Youth Council, said: “Young people, who have been at the forefront of this project, have been able to give their feedback and ideas on The Street plans and make it unique to them.

“With the new climbing wall, youth shelter and trim trails being added young people will be able use the facilities they have helped design. These plans show how much the young people have shaped the building and continue to shape the project.”

It is promised that once completed, The Street will provide world-class facilities for young people, including sports and activities rooms, digital media facilities, training rooms and a chill-out space.

It will also provide a cafe, meeting and activities space for the wider community and workspace for a wide variety of voluntary groups providing services to the community.

Potential tenants include the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Disablement ActionGroup, Scarborough Community Network, Alzheimer’s Society, Advocacy Al-liance and 4Youth.

A pupil referral unit is also expected to be included in the development.

Building work in William Street Coach Park is scheduled to begin within months. The number of car parking spaces will fall from 250 to 140.