YMCA to reveal multimillion pound Broadway redevelopment plans
Plans to rebuild the YMCA building in Wimbledon will be unveiled at a public exhibition next week.
The YMCA has been working on its strategic plan to redevelop its building on the Broadway in Wimbledon since 2010 which includes a commitment to build a brand new YMCA building, 100 hostel units, provide better training facilities, a larger health facility, a public plaza with green space and a cafe.
While the proposed design for the building is yet to be confirmed, it could include an option on a 24-storey tower block surrounded by smaller high rise blocks, according to documents seen by the Wimbledon Guardian, which also includes an option for a smaller 14-storey building.
Speaking at the Future Wimbledon conference last month Richard James, chief executive of YMCA South London, said the building should become a hub for the town’s community and work to regenerate the area for the next 50 years.
He said: "Our aspiration is to create a destination place for the whole community - a vibrant hub which provides life-fulfilling opportunities.
"We want to see public spaces where people can thrive, with the facilities and resources that meet the needs of the local community, from places to meet to performance areas for Wimbledon’s cultural life."
When questioned about plans for a 24-storey building Mr James said the height and dimensions were not set in stone but that there would be a public consultation.
The organisation's final plans will be unveiled at a public exhibition next week when the residents will be invited to have their say.
A spokesman for the YMCA said: "Having served the community for nearly 140 years, YMCA Wimbledon wants to continue to provide important facilities and services to local people.
"Its current home, a 1970s building on the corner of the Broadway, is old, expensive to run, and no longer fit for purpose.
"The problem requires more than knocking down a few walls or even a major refurbishment; YMCA Wimbledon needs a new building."
The building is being designed by Lord Richard Rogers architecture firm, Rogers, Stirk Harbour and Partners.
The Italian-born architect's previous buildings include Heathrow’s terminal five, the Pompidou centre in Paris and the Millennium Dome.
The exhibition will be held at the YMCA building at 200 the Broadway on October 18 from 1pm to 7pm and on October 19 from 11am to 5pm. No formal planning applications have as yet been submitted.
Comments are closed on this article.