Council staff help renovation at Kettering youth centre

Staff from MGWSP Northamptonshire Highways doing work outside Keystone Youth Centre: Colin McGuire, James Kay, Ricky Orme and Brian Briscoe with Dave Lane, Keystone trustee

Staff from MGWSP Northamptonshire Highways doing work outside Keystone Youth Centre: Colin McGuire, James Kay, Ricky Orme and Brian Briscoe with Dave Lane, Keystone trustee

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A renovation project at a Kettering youth centre has received a big boost after staff from the county council’s transport and highways service provider volunteered to undertake essential works.

​The Keystone Youth Centre in Rockingham Road has developed a major plan to overhaul the building and the services it offers. It includes a massive eco re-fit of the building, featuring low-energy lighting, large amounts of insulation, a new energy-efficient heating system and new windows. To date the scheme has secured more than £85,000 from local organisations including St Andrew’s Church, Brambleside School and the Stanion Complimentary Therapy Group.

Part of the scheme requires some essential groundworks the old 1891 Keystone building and MGWSP, working as part of Northamptonshire Highways, stepped in and offered to help.

Keystone’s chairman Nick Wills said: “The refurbishment works we are doing will make our wonderful big old youth centre building fit for another 50 years. We have so far had over 45 people volunteer 1,000 hours and we have achieved so much, but sometimes we just need the help of the professionals and we are indebted to MGWSP for their fantastic support.”

Richard Woodhouse, from MGWSP, said: “We’ve become aware of Keystone’s really quite impressive plans and we think its really important that local firms help out organisations like Keystone.

“We were so impressed by what the local community has done that we just had to help. They need some important groundwork doing and we have the kit and the expertise and staff keen to help.”

The project has already attracted corporate support from other major companies such as Wilmott Dixon, the national building developer and Veissmann, the major German heating manufacturer. MGWSP will continue to bring in professional skills and equipment.