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Construction has started on our new HQ! November 16, 2023

Great news!  

Construction has started on our brand new £1.5 million youth centre on the site of our old building in Upton Lane. PSG, a subsidiary of Shropshire Council, are managing to project whilst Shrewsbury based R1 Construction has been contracted to undertake the work and bring our vision to life. Demolition of our old demountable building is now completed, and ground works are soon to begin. 


The project has been made possible thanks to a £1.5m Youth Investment Fund grant, which is funded by the Government and delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with National Youth Agency, Resonance, and the Key Fund. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Social Investment Business made the announcement earlier this year – revealing SYA as one of 43 youth services across England to be awarded a grant to transform and level up opportunities for young people. 


Alex Swancott, commercial director of R1 Construction, says “We are delighted to have been appointed to construct what will be a fantastic facility for SYA and their future endeavours. It’s great to be delivering projects on our doorstep – Shropshire has an enviable network of contractors and suppliers, which we look forward to collaborating with to deliver for our community.” 


Our Community Engagement and Fundraising Manager, Claire Purcell, said: ‘We are very excited that construction has started on our new headquarters and can’t wait to see the building when it is finished. It’s all come about quite quickly, really, considering we only heard of our grant success just over six months or so ago. It’s been amazing and our thanks go to all those people who have made it possible. Shropshire Council agreed a 99-year lease, under the Capital Asset Transfer Scheme, ahead of our starting the planning permission process and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing how it all takes shape over the coming months. Meanwhile, our work continues unaffected, delivering on our commitment to running youth clubs, groups and projects and supporting voluntary groups across the County.’ 


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