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Go-ahead for Luton youth centre project

TOKKO centre
Image caption The centre will include training rooms, an IT area and a fashion studio

The final go-ahead has been given for a youth centre project in Luton after a £4.7m grant was approved by the Department for Education.

The TOKKO centre will be a five-storey building on Gordon Street on the site of a former advice centre, which is being demolished.

It aims to provide a one-stop information point for young people.

The centre's facilities will include a climbing wall, performance space, training rooms and an IT area.

'Taking off'

It will also include a fashion studio and a rooftop Zen garden.

Work on the site could begin by July 2011.

Everton Blake, executive director of Voluntary Action Luton said: "TOKKO is really taking off and the young people of Luton will finally get a facility that not only meets their needs but one which they will also have a hand in managing."

A council spokesperson said: "TOKKO will be a much-needed youth facility for our young people and one which they all deserve, and we are pleased that funding support is continuing."

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