Plans and designs for the £4.9m arts, performance and media centre which aims to revolutionise facilities for 13 19 year olds in Redcar & Cleveland have been given the green light following funding confirmation. BAM construction have been appointed as the design and build contractor for the development and work is due to begin onsite in early July, at the beachside location at Coatham, Redcar. Following a meet the buyer event over 22 local companies have been matched with BAM to supply various elements of the design and build process. Tuned In!@myplace, will provide young people with state-of-the-art facilities in a whole range of activities from music and drama to film-making and theatre production. It will also provide a base for cultural learning and leisure activities for the wider community. Councillor Joan Guy, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “This is a fantastic stage in the project and is really bringing to life what has been an exciting collaboration between ourselves and the young people of the Borough and it really has captured the imaginations of all involved. “The centre will feature six zones including a multimedia suite, art studio and performance area as well as a café bar and one-stop-shop advice facility.” Councillor Mark Hannon, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, added: “The development will be a complimentary feature of the Redcar regeneration scheme and will aim to provide a world class arts and media
facility dedicated to young people, open at times when young people want it, including evenings, weekends and school holidays.” Myplace is a multi-million pound government programme to deliver world class places for young people to go. The programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and administered by the Big Fund (BIG), the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.