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YMCA’s grand plans

Wednesday, 27th December, 2017

A 350-square-metre gym will be part of the revamp along while a cafe, allied health wing and gymnastics studio will also be added. A 350-square-metre gym will be part of the revamp along while a cafe, allied health wing and gymnastics studio will also be added.

At least 15 new jobs are expected to be created at the revamped YMCA centre which will boast a 350-square-metre gym, cafe and allied health wing.

Two weeks after announcing internal demolition work was underway at the Chloride Street building, YMCA NSW has released conceptual plans and an artist’s impression of the $5 million project.

The plans show a transformed “wellness centre” complete with new entrance which is positioned closer to Chloride Street, and an entirely new facade along Cobalt Street.

The former German Club and original YMCA Hall in Chloride Street will also receive a facelift under the plan which CEO Leisa Hart said would reflect “the mining and cultural history” of Broken Hill. 

The plans were done by architects Allen Jack+Cottier which provided the designs for Council’s Living Museum and Perfect Light project and the Civic Centre revamp.

“What we have attempted to do is blend the series of buildings in a respectful way that acknowledges the mining links to the area as well as the cultural and heritage elements,” Ms Hart said. 

“Residents and visitors will see that the centre has a greater feeling of integration and connectedness. By opening up the Cobalt Street facade, we see significant amounts of natural light coming into the building.” 

YMCA Area manager Shane Simmons said at least 15 new jobs would be created over the next 12 month as the Y expanded its health and fitness, general and community programs as well as gymnastics.

“While we will deliver an outstanding fitness product through an open plan gym of more than 350-square-metres and a dedicated gymnastics studio, our new wellness centre will be much more than just a gym,” Mr Simmons said. 

He said there would be a focus on health services through the inclusion of an allied health wing within the building.

“Following consultation with our local Youth Council, we will incorporate a dedicated Youth Hub which includes a program room and study space. 

“We want our young people to be able to come together in a safe, inclusive and welcoming space. This wellness centre will deliver significant opportunities for young people in the city.” 

The centre will also provide free internet and a Y Club and Lounge area with a cafe overlooking Sturt Park.

The existing three squash courts are to remain with the addition of virtual programs and activities being added to the service mix.

A larger Creche, Y’s Men’s workshop and meeting space will also be available at the centre. 

Work began earlier this month with internal demolition taking place to remove about one third of the building.

Meanwhile, the Development Application for the construction to commence in late March has been submitted to Council. 

“We have had strong interest from five builders to take on the project and expect all five to submit very competitive bids,” said Director of Central West Project Management, Chris Milne. 

“Our expectation is that contracts will be tendered in early March with completion expected by late 2018. 

“This is a wonderful project for the Broken Hill community and the facility will be transformed into a modern, fit-for-purpose Wellness Centre”. 

The new centre is expected to open in early 2019 while the YMCA continues to operate in Oxide Street in the interim.

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