The £7 million project will incorporate activities of the youth charity, street-level retailers and residential dwellings. A total of 20 one-bedroom apartments are included in the recent approved plans as well as 3 bedsits or studios.
Bolton YMCA said that the proposed accommodation will be used to generate rental income for the organisation together with retailers on the ground floor of the building. The building currently offers youth services and community projects provided by YMCA as well as five retail units. There will be an additional 2,728 square metres of new floorspace provided as part of the proposed development, mostly allocated to the new dwellings but also for assembly and leisure.
The building in 125-135 Deansgate is not listed but lies within the Deansgate Conservation Area. From the outset, Cassidy + Ashton’s design approach has been to work with and promote the best features of the Conservation Area, maintaining its overall appearance and architectural ethos, whilst providing a range of upgraded and modernised facilities.
The design of the new building takes reference from the Neoclassical style of the Civic Centre on Le Mans Crescent and the former Post Office on the opposite side of Deansgate.