Leeds Mencap has confirmed that it will be proceeding with a £2.5m project in the East End Park.
The investment will transform the former site of Mount St Mary’s Primary School on Raincliffe Road, which is a disused plot.
The site will become home to an inclusive new centre, creating space for people with learning disabilities from the whole of Leeds, for local community groups and a new nursery. By meeting a range of needs, it is expected this new centre will benefit more than 2,000 Leeds residents every year.
This announcement comes as part of Leeds Mencap’s Space for me campaign, which began in June to raise the final funds needed. Now the charity is launching a Buy a Brick scheme to source the remaining £500,000 needed for this project.
The launch coincides with a community event on Saturday September 12, 12pm-2pm to celebrate the purchase of the land for the new centre. It’ll be a chance to meet the builders, see the plans, and to find out more about the organisations that will be sharing the centre.
Meanwhile, Hyde Park Source will be consulting with the public about the landscaping around the centre. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place just after 12pm by Her Majesty the Queen’s representative, Major Stan Hardy.
The new centre will be built by Integra Buildings Ltd, who specialise in modular buildings, which they manufacture at their East Yorkshire base. The work on the site is scheduled to begin at the start of October.
Gary Parker, managing director at Integra Buildings, said: “It has and continues to be an honour working with Leeds Mencap”.