15 January 2011

Community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) West Midlands is branching out into new markets after securing a contract to begin the Western Gateway Redevelopment of the YMCA in West Bromwich.

The Coleshill-based firm, which specialises in regenerating social housing, delivering new build projects and extra care, has been awarded £900,000 to help transform the charity’s base in the centre of West Bromwich.

As part of the package, FHM (which forms part of the Keepmoat group of companies), will extend the YMCA to accommodate a new day nursery and create a state of the art youth centre for the public to use.

The new facilities are expected to help the YMCA achieve an even higher Ofsted rating for its childcare facilities.

AndrewClayton, Commercial Manager at FHM West Midlands, said: “This is a very exciting contract win for FHM as it demonstrates just how diverse we are as a company.

“The majority of work we deliver is in refurbishment and new build, however, by working with the YMCA it demonstrates just how broad our skill sets are and we hope it will lead to other projects with the organisation in future.”

West Bromwich YMCA at Carters Green has served the community for over 120 years providing childcare, supported accommodation, a fitness club and well being facilities as well as community services such as room hire, IT learning and a healthy eating cafe.

The charity accommodates 16 to 49-year-olds, many of whom have been homeless in the past, in a 74-bed supported housing complex.

The YMCA operates two high quality day nurseries for the general public that cater for children aged up to five years old.

Steve Clay, the Chief Executive of the YMCA, said: “We’re very much looking forward to FHM beginning work on this project as it will up-grade and transform the existing facilities we currently have available for childcare.

“At the moment, the day nurseries are held in a converted squash club whereas the new nursery will provide much better, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor educational facilities for the children to enjoy.”