YMCA Lakeside project

YMCA Lakeside has deteriorated since the 1990’s due to a lack of capital funds for investment at the site. Many of the buildings have been in continual use since the early 1950’s and are simply worn out by the million young people it has hosted over the years. So now a complete transformation is needed if the centre is to survive beyond the next few years and make it fit for the future.

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St. Catherines Hospice

A new café and community hub designed by Cassidy & Ashton in the grounds of St Catherine's Hospice, Chorley, Lancashire, has been built by Eric Wright Special Projects, a division of the Eric Wright Group. The project was also supported by Sleater & Watson, Thornber & Walker and Beech Jackson Partnership.

Constructed on the site of a former 19th century cotton mill, the idea behind The Mill in St Catherine’s Park is to provide information, therapies and support for families experiencing serious illness.

The Grand Theatre Blackpool

Beech Jackson Partnership are pleased to be working with Cassidy & Ashton Preston office, who have been appointed to help transform facilities at The Grand Theatre Blackpool, an Arts Council backed project valued at £1m. The plans will involve renovating parts of the Grade II* listed building, including the creation of a multi -function space and open plan offices with a newly formed access off Church Street.

Significantly, the plans focus on improving circulation and accessibility - especially for those with disabilities. This is likely to involve reconfiguring the historic entrance foyer and box office to incorporate wheelchair access to the main theatre.

“The Grand Theatre is one of only a handful of listed buildings in Blackpool so we feel extremely privileged to be involved in helping to renovate and sustain such a prestigious building in the town”

The project has been enabled by funds pledged by a number of bodies including Arts Council England, Blackpool Council and the Friends of The Grand.

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director North, Arts Council England said,  ‘The Arts Council is very pleased to support organisations, like The Grand, that can make a real difference in towns like Blackpool where opportunities for people to engage in arts and culture are lower than elsewhere.’

The project should be completed in 2015.