The transformation of Braccan Walk youth hub is now complete. What was once the ground floor of a car park has now been transformed into a modern and colourful youth centre for young people in Bracknell Forest.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, construction work has completed on schedule and the results are really impressive. The new hub, located in Bracknell town centre, boasts:
- a 200m² open area
- food preparation unit
- private meeting rooms for one-to-one work
- a larger meeting and activity room
- space for health clinics
- an enclosed outdoor meeting area
- a small office for reception staff on site
Before handing over the site in September 2020 to contractors Beard Construction, the council engaged with young people from across the borough to draw up plans for the new space. Their involvement, which included usage of space and ideas on furniture and colour schemes, has been an important part of the design phase.
Cllr Dr Gareth Barnard, Executive Member for Young people and Learning, said:
“After what has been a turbulent year, it’s fantastic to see the completion of this amazing project. Although construction work has finished, this is just the start for our new youth hub.
“Braccan Walk will give our dedicated staff a base for the activities they run with our more vulnerable young people, including young carers and those with special educational needs.
“It will also be a space that some of our partners and local youth groups, including Bracknell Forest Youth Council, can use for open access, group and one-to-one activities.
“We look forward to welcoming our young people through the doors, into a safe space, when restrictions allow.”
Braccan Walk youth hub was scheduled to open in the coming months, but due to coronavirus restrictions, plans have been pushed back until later in the year.
The council is committed to supporting children, young people, their families, and the staff working with them, to continue to meet their needs whilst face-to-face support is not possible.