YMCA Humber kick-starts the regeneration of Freeman Street

March 24, 2020

RG Carter has commenced work on YMCA Humber’s new £8million facility.

YMCA Humber is delighted to kick start the regeneration of Freeman Street as RG Carter gets to work on the new £8 million facility. This building puts the YMCA at the heart of the community providing high-quality, aspirational accommodation for young people.

The new space will provide 74 high quality residential units, and the ground floor of the building will serve the local area. A community cafe will serve local businesses, community groups and the public. A large training kitchen will provide young people with valuable learning space. Space is provided for health and wellbeing activities. An exhibition area will allow local artists and community groups to display their work. A multi-purpose hall will facilitate conferences, meetings, performances and events – all these facilities can be utilised by local businesses and the community.

The construction of the new facility is expected to complete in September 2021.

The Enrolled Freemen of Grimsby, who are playing a key role in the street’s redevelopment, have leased the land to YMCA Humber for 250 years, demonstrating their commitment to the regeneration of the area.

“YMCA Humber is proud to be leading the way, investing heavily in the regeneration of Freeman Street and the town”, stated Debbie Cook, Chief Executive, YMCA Humber.
“We have worked extremely hard this past year to develop this wonderful building which will provide inspirational supported accommodation to the area’s young people together with outstanding community facilities. YMCA Humber has attracted grants of over £4m towards the Scheme and will be borrowing some £3.5m to add to the £470k it has already spent developing this scheme for Grimsby. I am very proud of what we’re doing and hope the community will continue to support our vital work for this community”.

YMCA Humber in Grimsby is remembered by many, as a place for community involvement, YMCA has been working in Grimsby and the surrounding area since 1882. The organisation will reconnect with the heart of the town following the move to Freeman Street.

“YMCA Humber is pleased to be part of the redevelopment and regeneration of Grimsby in delivering a first-class centre for the people of Grimsby”, stated Stephen Gallaher, Chairman of Trustees, YMCA Humber. “We have enjoyed working in partnership with the Freemen of Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire Council to make this development happen. The residential accommodation will provide our young people with a home from which they can believe in a brighter future; the ground floor community facilities will add to the heartbeat of the town. I wish to thank staff and trustees of YMCA Humber for their work and dedication in making this happen”.

RG Carter has proudly provided high quality construction services, for nearly a century and is now working alongside Hodson Architects on this project. Jason Wilson, Senior Project Manager at R G Carter said: “R G Carter is delighted to be working with YMCA Humber to deliver this very prestigious project. It’s great to be able to provide the local community with a new purpose-built environment, which matches their vision for the very best services and support for young people to help them reach their full potential.”

Homes England, the government’s housing agency, has contributed £3.325m towards the building. A grant of £300k has been secured from the Garfield Weston Foundation and North East Lincolnshire Council has contributed £0.5m. YMCA Humber needs the support of dedicated fundraisers and donors to continue its much-needed work, supporting vulnerable members of the community and enabling our young people to belong, contribute and thrive.

Councillor John Fenty, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration, skills and housing, said: “I am delighted to see work starting on YMCA Humber’s development commence on Freeman Street.
“YMCA Humber provides essential accommodation and support services in our Borough, and work tirelessly with residents to prepare them with the skills needed to live independently and to ultimately improve their life chances.
“This new, high quality supported accommodation will provide the facilities and environment for the YMCA to continue this great work whilst also providing some much-welcomed regeneration in this area of town. I look forward to seeing the building works start and a new beginning for this site.”

Niel Strawson, YMCA Humber Trustee said, “Grimsby has been waiting for this regeneration for a while and it is great to be involved in a project where the whole community can benefit. I would like to thank all of the partners that have supported this project and worked hard to get us to this point in a short period of time”.