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Giant spade breaks ground at Preston Youth Zone

Construction is underway on Onside Preston Youth Zone. The youth zone was awarded a Youth Investment Fund grant of over £8.2 million , announced last year.

Preston Youth Zone now has a new name following a city-wide vote of over 2,000 young people. The Youth Zone’s Young People’s Development Group, consisting of young people from across Preston, had created two brands for others to choose between. They revealed the winning name to be Vault, ahead of a special groundbreaking ceremony at the Youth Zone’s town centre site on 26 June 2024

The event, hosted by the charity’s chair Guy Topping and CEO Tim Jacques, launched the exciting new phase for the Youth Zone. Contractors Triton Construction will now begin work building the multi-million-pound youth centre

Using a giant spade, supplied by Barton Grange Garden Centre, young people cut the first hole in the ground.

This is a momentous occasion – it’s fantastic to break ground and build this special space for Preston’s young people. It will give them somewhere safe and inspirational to go in their leisure time to try new activities, develop skills and make friends.

Guy Topping
Chair for Preston Youth Zone

Guy Topping added:

“We’ve waited a long time to get to this stage but in many ways, this is just the beginning as we take a huge step closer to opening to thousands of young people from across the city. I am so grateful to everyone who has helped us on this journey, turning the dream of a Youth Zone in Preston into a reality.”

Vault Youth Zone will be a state-of-the-art facility for Preston’s young people. The new space will include a climbing wall, music room and recording studio, gym, health and wellbeing room, performing arts studio, boxing and martial arts gym, a four-court sports hall, 3G pitch, media room with podcast recording facilities, a café serving hot meals for just £1 and much more.

The Youth Zone will be funded by a range of sources, including the Youth Investment Fund and private sector contributions.

Find out more about Preston Youth Zone


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