Nottingham

Former Radio Trent building starts new life as youth centre

Castle Gate in Nottingham
Image caption The building was originally used as a women's hospital

A former Nottingham radio station's headquarters has reopened as a £4.9m youth centre.

The grade-II listed building, on Castle Gate, was home to Radio Trent and Trent FM from 1975 to 2007 but has been refurbished using a government grant.

It will now house a music recording studio, dance studio, fitness suite, cafe and career and health advice area.

Radio Trent relaunched as Trent FM in 1988 but ceased broadcasting and changed its name to Capital FM in 2011.

The new youth centre, called NGY Myplace, has taken almost three years to complete after members of Nottingham City Council's Youth Council successfully bid for the cash from a central government fund for young people's projects.

It will be run by a trust encompassing a range of youth groups and organisations and will open seven days a week.

Nottingham Forest football club, Nottinghamshire Police and NHS Nottingham City will also be involved with the new centre.

Youth Council member, Ashraf Reid, said: "Young people in Nottingham have been crying out for something like this for a long time.

"It's fantastic news for young people and for the city."

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