Roundwood Youth Centre, on Longstone Avenue, will enable young people aged 13 to 19 to get involved with activities such as sports, computing, dance and theatre. The centre will feature a café, IT suite, and a multi-use games, media and performance area.
The new 15,069 sq ft hub, which replaces the former Roundwood Centre building which closed in July, is being financed by a £5 million Government ‘myplace’ programme grant which is funded through the Department for Education and administered through the BIG Lottery scheme.
John Homer, regional managing director for Morgan Sindall, says: “We are delighted to be constructing the Roundwood Youth Centre which will provide young people with a safe and friendly place where they can take part in a range of activities. The centre will make a positive difference to the lives of young people living in the local area and there is a huge amount of enthusiasm for the project from all involved. We are also currently building the new myplace centre in Birmingham and are able to draw on our broad range of skills to complete the project.”
Councillor Mary Arnold, Brent Council's lead member for Children and Families, says: “The myplace youth centres have been a fantastic success across the country and we’re thrilled to be able to bring one to the young people of Brent in a state-of-the-art new building. We always see a positive reaction from the people that attend the centres, giving them the means to learn and meet new people whilst also providing them with information, advice and support services.”
The Roundwood Youth Centre is due for completion by Summer 2012. Whilst the new build is in progress, the youth club is operating from premises in the nearby Anansi Building on Longstone Avenue, Harlesden.