Construction of the new Braccan Walk Youth Centre has officially begun after the council handed over the site to its contractor, Beard Construction, on Monday, 14 September.
The family-run company will be renovating the ground floor of Braccan Walk car park to provide Bracknell with a new, modern centre, including:
- an open plan multi-purpose area
- meeting rooms
- 3 breakout areas
- a kitchen
Bracknell Youth Council and other young people have been an active part of the decision-making process, by attending design meetings and workshops, and through canvassing views more widely. The site layout, colours and furnishings will all be chosen by young Bracknell Forest residents.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning, said:
“We are delighted that construction work on the youth centre has begun, there was a slight delay due to the pandemic, but we’re now in a really good position to bring this project to life.
“It’s going to be a hub of opportunity for our younger residents and will provide a base for our outreach workers to run activities and provide help for vulnerable young people, including young carers and those with special educational needs. With its central location, we will be able to provide a safe, fun place for those who need it most.”
Bethan Cooper, Bracknell Youth Council member, said:
“It’s great that work is starting on Braccan Walk and there will be an accessible place for young people to spend their time.
“The centre will be essential for Youth Workers and will truly help so many in Bracknell Forest.”
Building work for Braccan Walk Youth Centre is due to be finished in December. However, plans for the opening will fully depend on COVID-19 restrictions at the time.
Bracknell Forest Council is committed to supporting children and young people and will continue to meet their needs whilst making sure of their safety and that of their families, as well as the staff working with them.