This year not only do we have the imminent arrival of the much awaited Metrolink which will be whizzing by Mumps every 6 minutes but other exciting building projects are also on-track to create a boost for the town and i9n particular for its young people.
At the end of the year Oldham’s young people will have access to Mahdlo,
Oldham Youth Zone – Mahdlow is being developed by N.W. Charity Onside – who have had previous success with their Bolton Lads and Girls Club. The new youth centre for Oldham is currently being built on the site of the old Marjorie Lees Health Centre in Egerton Street and is supported by a £5 Million grant from the MyPlace Fund. Local businesses have also pitched in Stoller Charitable Trust, Frank & Judith Rothwell, J.W. Lees, Wiggett Construction, Patterson & Rothwell Ltd, Greengate Metal Components Ltd, Oldham Motor Company, MGF Ltd, David and Janelle Barker, BAE Systems, Madeleine Lindley and ANSA Elevators and donated towards running costs of the new centre. Mahdlo was also the nominated charity of the Oldham Business Awards 2010.
The building itself was designed with involvement from young local people one of whom – Afrah Qureshi is now studying for a Degree in Architecture.
In two years time after the summer break
pupils of Oldham Academy North will return not to Rochdale Road Oldham – but to their £16 Million sparkly-new school located at the former site of Our Lady’s in Royton.
The new building, designed by architects Adeas and built by Willmott Dixon Construction will feature a central Agora: a large flexible multi use space for hosting performances,lectures and assembly. Sports areas will be multi-use including football, athletics and running, cricket, hockey and backetball. It looks impressive and a lot like a modern business centre: but this one is for the business of learning.