Nottingham City Council is officially reopening the Clifton Young People’s Centre after a major investment to renovate the building.

Work took place in two phases and a ribbon cutting ceremony later this week (Thursday 26 March) marks the completion of the £518,000 revamp. The centre will become an important hub for providing activities and services to children, families and the wider community.

The centre has new features including a newly-refurbished dance studio and redecoration of the sports hall. The former Green Lane Youth Centre is also now equipped with a state-of-the-art music system, large screen TVs for gaming and films, table tennis, pool table, air hockey and a music studio.

A group of children and young people were involved in choosing the new name and helped to pick a colour scheme for the centre.

Although it will mostly be a youth centre, there will be activities for children from birth to 19 years old and some of the children’s centre activities will also take place there.

It’s taken just five months to complete the work, which also includes a new chill-out area and large kitchen to allow young people to cook and prepare food. Along with structural and building repairs, many of the corridors and external areas have been spruced up and look much brighter.

Cllr David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “With all the work now complete, Clifton Young People’s Centre can really be a centre of excellence for young people. This is something we said we would do to improve services for young people, so I’m delighted to see that this project is now ready to enhance the lives of not just young people, but the whole community. There was a need for a new and updated centre in Clifton and we saw the importance of investing in somewhere children and young people can socialise and meet new friends.”

The work was completed by GF Tomlinson. Construction Director Nick Banks said: “We are pleased to be handing over the completed youth centre and we hope it will serve many young people for generations to come. We are proud to be working with the City Council and building on our working relationship by helping to deliver a number of leisure services across Nottinghamshire.”