The centre will comprise a café, sports hall, youth room, health space and meeting rooms while the nursery will provide 95 childcare places, including essential early years care for children aged 0-5 years and offer a sustainable income stream to fund the wider community centre.
Highwood Managing Director, Guy Hayward, praised the formidable partnership that is delivering the new facilities: ‘Thanks to our close collaboration with Eastleigh Borough Council and the facility managers, YMCA, these new community spaces will represent a landmark in the Park’s development,’ he said. ‘They’ll not only help to bring people together and showcase the best building design, notably our use of sustainable building materials and environmentally-sensitive technologies.’
Engaging and supporting the whole community
As the first diggers arrived on site, Judy Hillier, Chair of YMCA said ‘this marks an exciting moment for the new community of North Stoneham Park. The YMCA wants to support its emerging community and this building will offer a place to meet others with programmes and classes to engage and support the whole community. The nursery will provide a nurturing environment for our youngest children, developing early skills whilst also enabling parents to go to work. We’ll also be creating around 25 new jobs for people in the centre.’
Cllr Paul Bicknell, Cabinet Member for Regeneration also praised the forward-thinking collaboration: ‘North Stoneham is an important new community and Eastleigh Council is committed to supporting initiatives which allow it to flourish and engage the local people,’ he said.
Pictured above: (left to right) Cllr Paul Bicknell, Cabinet Lead for Regeneration at Eastleigh Borough Council, Guy Hayward, Managing Director, Highwood Group and Judy Hillier, YMCA Chair.