A NEW home for the YMCA in Bolton is beginning to take shape overlooking Deansgate.

Steelwork is now in place for the initial part of the £6.1m five-storey hub, following the demolition of the organisation’s longstanding home.

Under the new moniker ‘Y-Pad’, the building will eventually integrate a community and drop-in centre with 40 self-contained apartments for young people in Bolton.

The ground floor will also operate what will be known as the ‘Y-Zone’, a continuation of the international organisation’s youth work locally.

The scheme’s backers hope the venture will provide a useful stepping stone for young people moving out of supported accommodation or foster care, seeking greater independence in life.

Architects Cassidy and Ashton, based in Preston, are behind the impressive design, which was originally destined to be completed by early 2022.

John Shepley, trustees chairman at YMCA Bolton, said as the plans were launched: ““It has taken us several years to reach this point, but I know we can now look forward with confidence to the future. Without doubt this marks a new era for YMCA Bolton and the trustees look forward to the new and exciting times ahead.”

The project is opposite the refurbishment of the old central post office and yards from the Central Street regeneration scheme on Deansgate.