Changing Room Refurbishment Works Begin

Changing Room Refurb Works at YMCA Have Begun

The much-anticipated refurbishment of the main changing and toilet facilities at our centre has finally begun this week, with builders moving in to start the works. The complete overhaul and modernisation of the space will make for a vastly better experience for everyone using our centre.

Despite the pressures on our charity due to the lockdown, we have been very lucky to have secured support from a range of funders to help make this development possible, in what are very difficult times.

As we begin to return to normality, we’re delighted that our members will soon be able to enjoy an even better YMCA than before.

Works are expected to be completed in May and include a total renewal of both the men’s and women’s primary changing rooms and toilets, that were originally built in 1974. Alternative changing rooms and toilets will be available in the interim while the works progress.

The refurbishment works will include:

  • New showers & cubicles
  • New toilets and sinks
  • Improved changing area and lockers
  • Brighter, modern décor and fittings
  • Improved covid-secure measures
  • More disabled facilities and better accessibility

Funding from our community and external partners has been vital in bringing these new changes to our centre. Sport England funding has contributed to make the space more covid-secure by introducing shower cubicles and creating more space to aid social distancing. Plymouth City Council’s Transforming Cities Fund has also supported the project with funding towards the facilities, helping to encourage staff and centre users to travel more sustainably to the centre through cycling or running.

Lastly, the works would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the money raised by YMCA Plymouth members who took part in many fundraising events during 2019 when we first expressed the desire to spruce up these areas.

Esteemed local construction company, Keith Elliott Construction Ltd (KEC), were chosen to begin the works and have been exceedingly generous in providing parts of the at works cost-price.

Keith Elliot, Director of KEC said:

“We will be looking at handing over a finished product at the YMCA that represents outstanding value and something that will last an incredibly long time. A fresh, modern, light space with clean lines and good detailing. We are aware that the YMCA is a charity and how many people will benefit from this installation. We see this as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility. We want to help. We want to help make positive things happen.”

Commenting at the start of the works, Tom Lavis, CEO, YMCA Plymouth said:

“This is a huge shift in strategic direction and culture at YMCA Plymouth, where our team are striving to improve all aspects of our community delivery. Our members, stakeholders and young people deserve the very best community facilities we can offer, especially as they’ve been incredibly loyal to us over the years and we want to repay that loyalty. The redevelopment of the changing rooms is just the start point, there are more big things to come later this year and we look forward to sharing them with you all”.

Find out more about our project partners:

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