Work is underway to transform the former Argos building in Boscombe into to a multi-use hub
Work is well underway to transform the former Argos building in Boscombe into a landmark site which will offer multiple services under one roof.
Once the transformation is completed, the Boscombe Regeneration team, Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood officers and a brand new Youth Services drop in centre will be housed there. Work to transform the ground floor is well underway and once finished, it will complement other works in the area such as the revitalised Crescent across the road and the shared space scheme which aims to reduce speed, improve access for pedestrians and cyclists and enhance the overall environment.
Councillor Jane Kelly, Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Regeneration, said: “The former Argos building is in a prime location in Boscombe and it will provide a great central location for these key services who are all working towards improving Boscombe as a place to live, work and visit. It will have a really positive impact to see this space being used again.
“I’m especially looking forward to the much needed additional drop-in centre for the young people of Boscombe. Staff and young people from other youth centres in Bournemouth will be instrumental in helping to create and design the sorts of activities available from the new building.”
Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team will have dedicated office space, interview rooms and meeting facilities providing a central location for Boscombe staff.
Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner said: “This is a really exciting step forward for Boscombe. This new hub will bring together Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood officers, the Boscombe regeneration team and youth services. My priority is to ensure that Dorset Police has an operational base in the heart of Boscombe. Relocating the neighbourhood policing team to the former Argos building will have a positive impact. It centralises their service and will be great for public access. This will improve the visible policing presence in Boscombe and will help to regenerate the town centre. I have no doubt that the hub will be a welcome addition to the area.”
The Boscombe Regeneration Office which includes the Boscombe regeneration team, Boscombe town centre manager and neighbourhood wardens will relocate to the new premises from its existing base at Roumelia Lane. The public will continue to be able to pop in and seek advice and information as they currently do.
The Youth Service will have its own public entrance for young people to drop in for help and advice and take advantage of the proposed new facilities which include a coffee bar with cafe-style seating, as well as providing a training room and offices for Youth Services staff.
Bournemouth East Neighbourhood Inspector, Chris Weeks, said: “We place great importance in partnership working and neighbourhood policing but we are continually looking at what we do to improve the service we offer. Relocating our neighbourhood policing team into the former Argos building will place us in a high profile and accessible location rather than the ‘off the beaten track’ residential location of our current police station.”