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£2.7 MILLION WALSALL YOUTH TRAINING CENTRE IS TAKING SHAPE

Walsall’s new £2.7 million Goldmine youth training centre in Lower Hall Lane is taking shape with the steel structure now in place. The 20,000 sq ft purpose built property is being created for The Vine Trust and forms part of St. Modwen and Goold Estates’ £90 million St Matthew’s Quarter regeneration scheme in the centre of the town.

Goldmine will include training rooms, a library, offices and multipurpose space for public performances.  It will be utilised by the Trust to provide training, learning, advice and guidance to young people in the local area. 

Neal Haywood, Construction Manager at St. Modwen, said the steel works would be complete by the end of January. He added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone in the construction of Goldmine. It means that the building is beginning to really take shape and we are on target for a summer opening.”

Having outgrown its current premises on the corner of Lower Hall Lane and Caldmore Road, The Vine Trust sourced partners in the public, private and third / civil sector to help finance its new property.  Theseincluded Community Builders England Ltd, Walsall MBC, The Tudor Trust, Walsall Community Church, Garfield Weston and Walsall Housing Group.

St. Modwen and Goold Estates were due to begin building the new Goldmine centre on the historic Shannons Mill site in 2007 but the plans were delayed following a devastating fire. Undeterred, the partners devised new plans to deliver alternative premises for The Vine Trust within St. Matthew’s Quarter.

Dominic Goold, of Goold Estates, said:  “It is great to see Goldmine building finally taking shape. The building will provide a much needed resource in Walsall town centre.”

Kevin Davis, Chief Executive of The Vine Trust said:  “Young people will be part of the catalyst for reviving this part of the St Matthew’s Quarter.  Goldmine will host a proposed Studio School in 2013, a new type of school that aims to link education and employment together. Students will access GCSEs, A Levels and vocational projects but the twist is the opportunity to have a paid work placement every week.”

Councillor Adrian Andrew, Walsall Council Deputy Leader and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We look forward to Walsall people taking advantage of the new building as well as benefitting from the employment opportunities the new centre will offer.”