Building work has started on Harborough’s new youth centre at Symington’s Recreational Ground.
The Cube project will see a new youth centre and cafe built on the site of the old bowling pavilion on the rec, off St Mary’s Road.
The original plan was to revamp the building, but it was eventually decided that it should be knocked down to allow for a completely new building that would provide a more suitable home-from-home for young people.
The Harborough Youth and Community Trust is the organisation behind the scheme.
Gary Brown, a youth worker for the project, said: “There have been many hours of unseen work by a committed team of people, young and old, on this project to date.
“We are getting close to completion and it is exciting that visible progress is now being made.
“I am delighted that we have awarded the contract for the works to Rockingham Construction and DJ Hensher Carpentry Services and we are so impressed by the way James and Dan have captured the sentiment and vision of this project.”
The new youth centre will make use of both the indoor and outdoor spaces to provide recreation and training for young people.
The facility will also be available for use and hire by other community groups.
While being primarily a youth centre, the building will house a community cafe and eventually form the ticket sales and refreshments area for the long-awaited Harborough cinema screen.
It is hoped the centre will open in the early summer of next year.
A group of young people from The Cube Youth Panel have been working hard on the project.
Ed Wootten, from the panel, said: “To quote the band Chumbawumba, ‘We get knocked down, but we get up again. Ain’t ever going to keep us down’.
“After months of planning it is really great to see work start on our new youth centre.
“We still have some money to raise so it would be fantastic if people could help us.
“It will be amazing to have our own youth centre and see our three and a half years of hard work pay off.”