Culture Fusion in Bradford opened its doors to the young people of the City on the 31st October 2011. The prestigious project incorporates the refurbishment of an existing 6 storey traditional mill building which is linked to a new build 5 storey extension.
The building provides 3200 m2 of accommodation and is a base for providing a number of community services to young people, ranging from business support to advice on sexual health, and features a music studio, a climbing wall, dance studio, workshop space and information booths as well as a roof top café.
The brief for the project was developed in conjunction with young people who have played an active role through the whole of the projects life. In keeping with the project’s delivery aspirations, the Young Advisors chose Mark Priestley, Project Manager at RP&P, to work with them. This was Mark’s first significant project since completing his professional qualifications.
Bernie Gahan, Head of Operations at Bradford YMCA, said: “I would like to commend Rex Procter & Partners for supporting a young staff member in taking a lead role in the project. Mark provided a very professional service and was respected by the partnership. He was especially good at helping me understand the complexities of the construction industry, often translating into plain English some of jargon and helping me understand the ongoing next steps of the project.’’
Rex Procter & Partners provided Project Management, Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveying services on the scheme. Rexc Procter Partners are very active supporting local good causes in a multitude of different ways. Here’s why Rex Procter Chairman, Paul Mackie, supports Raising the Bar:
Paul says: “Businesses know that education is a top priority for the local area. Raising the Bar is a great way to ensure that when your staff are involved in an educational project, not only are they helping young people to improve their life chances, your own staff are often energised and motivated in their own work. Several times now, we have invited school pupils into our workplace to see and experience the kind of work that we do and that dialogue with those young people gave them an insight into possible careers and gave us a fresh view of the future. Raising the Bar is great because it gives recognition for our staff’s time and input.”