Remedial work and upgrades to the building, which has been the YMCA’s base in the town since 1938, includes a new roof, repairs to masonry and the fascia, as well as the replacement of 200 windows with double glazed, energy efficient panes.
Chief Executive Dean Titterton said “The building has been a fantastic base for our services over the years but unfortunately it has been damaged significantly by the recent harsh winters”.
“We’ve taken the decision to invest in an extensive refurbishment of the building’s exterior to ensure it can remain our home for the next 75 years.”
YMCA North Tyneside is a valuable community resource for the local area, offering a Skate Academy, a fitness centre, the YStudio recording studio, rehearsal rooms and gig space, holiday clubs and child care plus a number of art facilities for children and young people. All services will be largely unaffected by the refurbishment project.