Building works on schedule at Freeman Street YMCA
Building work is on track at the new YMCA Humber on Grimsby’s Freeman Street.
Construction began over a year ago in March 2020, with the new building scheduled to open as planned in August.
The partnership between YMCA Humber and North East Lincolnshire Council marks the boroughs first ever Housing First Project.
After years of trying to redevelop the existing site in Peaks Lane, YMCA Humber has invested over £4m, and has borrowed an additional £3.5m to achieve the project.
Once completed, the building will house 72 apartments in 8 clusters of five to 14 apartments – each apartment has en-suite and kitchen facilities.
There is also staff accommodation, business facilities, IT suites, a reflection room, a small gym and a cafe.
CEO Debbie Cook said:
“It’s very much about the YMCA stepping up as a community leader. We are a community charity. We are known for our support for homeless and vulnerable people but we do much more than that.
“After a consultation with local people, we were asked for a place that could provide somewhere for children to dance, conference facilities, art space, well-being space – everything that would represent an additional focus for the YMCA.”
Contractor R G Carter has managed to remain on track despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic by stockpiling bricks on site and implanting strict social distancing measures.
Senior Site Manager Shaun Allerton said:
“We have created ‘bubbles’ on site to combat Covid-19.
“We have staggered start times, we eat in our vehicles and we only have 20 people on site at any time.
“We have far too many bricks on site but we have to be prepared in case of another lockdown. We are always working several weeks ahead to be sure.”
Responses to the development have been mixed, with some describing it as “breathing new life into the area,” adding that “it will make a big difference on the East Marsh.”
Others feel it is “out of touch” with the needs of existing residents.
An opening event is likely to take place in September.