Name revealed for new hub at heart of Westcliff development in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Jun 2017

Ongo has revealed the name of the brand new community hub it is building on the Westcliff estate.

The centre, part of a major regeneration project on the estate, will include a pre-school, cafe, social zones and private meeting rooms.

Now, as the Telegraph looks at how life on the estate is changing four years after the Channel 4 programme Skint was filmed there, bosses say the new hub at the heart of redevelopment will be called 'The Arc'. It is due to open by April 2018.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Jan Williams, head of community investment at social housing company Ongo, said: "We’re really excited to have a name and brand for the new building. We carried out lots of consultation with local people, Ongo staff and stakeholders."

Ms Williams said: "The feedback was that the building needed to be modern, friendly, welcoming and have an element of nature and the outdoors. We took all of this feedback on board, and The Arc was a great fit to encompass all of the important features mentioned."

The Arc will be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. "There will be something to suit everyone," she said. "There will be a cafe, pre-school, meeting areas and of course there will be free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

"There will be many familiar faces working at The Arc, with the Westcliff Drop In Team being based there, as well as Ongo staff, North Lincolnshire Council, and other key partners."

Ms Williams said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in the consultation; your feedback was so valuable and helped us create a name and brand we can all be excited about.”

The regeneration project will see a brand new community hub, five retail units and 41 homes being built, with completion of the whole project expected by March 2019.

Martin Phillips, development manager for Ongo, said the new precinct would include a fish and chip shop, a hair and beauty salon and a Co-op pharmacy (subject to contracts), as well as an enterprise and wellbeing community building, a catering kitchen and a Little Owls nursery.

“The first of the shops will be ready in October," he said. "The wider regeneration plans will progress as soon as this part of the site is complete. By Easter, we would expect to see a lot of activity."

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