£550k refurbishment of day centre is completed
A NEW kitchen and reception have been built and a new lick of paint has been given to a day centre in Beeston.
The £550,000 makeover was given to the Broxtowe Day Service, in Middle Street, to improve the facilities on offer.
The Beeston base is run by Notts County Council and was formerly known as the Middle Street Resource Centre.
Improvements include a general refurbishment, a new coffee bar and kitchen area and layout changes to make the building easier to use.
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A new reception area has also been created with improved security and windows and doors have been replaced.
The building will continue to be used by people with mental health problems and disabled people.
Many of the changes have been based on suggestions from people who use the service and their carers.
Councillor Kevin Rostance, chairman of the county council's Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: "The building was looking quite tired so the refurbishment will make it more attractive for service users and more flexible for the greater number of groups that will use it.
"It forms part of a wider refurbishment programme to update our day service buildings across the county."
The centre was first opened in 1972 as the Beeston Psychiatric Day Service at a cost of £88,000.
Following the programme of improvement works across the county, day services will operate from 14 multipurpose buildings, including the Beeston day service.
Eric Kerry, councillor for Beeston South and Attenborough, said: "It's fantastic that the newly-refurbished Middle Street Day centre will be reopening shortly after having had no investment previously for about 40 years.
"It's like a Tardis and has much more inside than you see from the front.
"After being welcomed into the community cafe area, the facilities offer a flexible choice of rooms.
"It will be a great asset to Beeston, especially when we get people in again in a few weeks' time when it reopens to residents. After all, it's the people who use it that will get the best out of it."