A community facility in North Shields is to undergo a major transformation.
YMCA North Tyneside are to spend £750,000 on essential repairs and upgrades to their base in Church Way, which they first moved to 75 years ago.
Work is due to begin on Monday, June 3, and last for four months, with all services remaining largely unaffected.
Chief executive Dean Titterton said: “The building was chosen because of its prime location in North Shields, allowing us to reach more people in need in the local area.
“It has been a fantastic base for our services over the years, but unfortunately it has been significantly damaged by the last few harsh winters.
“We’ve taken the decision to invest in an extensive refurbishment of the building’s exterior to ensure it can remain our home for the next 75 years.”
The work will see 200 windows replaced with double glazing, energy efficient panes, a new roof, while the masonry and fascia will also be repaired.
The building is home to YMCA North Tyneside’s fitness centre, YStudio, a skate academy and various children and young people’s art facilities.
Dean added: “We are very grateful to our members, customers, tenants, partners and local businesses for their continued support during what has been a difficult time for many charities in our area.
“We hope they will afford us the same support and patience whilst this work is carried out, and will continue to use our facilities and services as normal.”
For more about the work, visit www.ymcanorthtyneside.org