YMCA Plymouth regeneration project starts to take shape

YMCA Plymouth

As lockdown tentatively eases once more and businesses begin to get back on their feet, local development projects are once again beginning to pick up pace.

One such development is YMCA Plymouth’s regeneration project, which is aiming to revitalise its sports and activity centre on Honicknowle Lane, previously known as the Kitto Centre.

The redevelopment will be the biggest change to the centre since it was built in 1974, seeing the introduction of a new spin studio, gym and modernised facilities.

Thanks to Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce’s Peer-to-Peer Network Programme, YMCA’s development has got a boost, with help from Plymouth-based local engineering consultants Services Design Solution (SDS).

The Chamber mentoring programme pairs business leaders together to support them in developing their business during challenging times.

YMCA Plymouth enrolled on the programme to seek support with its transformation both as a centre and more widely as a business. After working together on the programme, SDS Managing Director, Shaun Hoppins offered to further help YMCA by providing free mechanical and engineering consultancy work, usually worth around £6,000.

Tom Lavis, CEO of YMCA Plymouth said: “As a local charity going through a challenging but exciting time, we are extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from Shaun and SDS.

“Their knowledge and experience have helped us to move our project forward while saving a considerable sum of money at the same time. We are incredibly thankful to them as well as the Chamber for providing the scheme that put us together.”

Shaun Hoppins said: “SDS are committed to supporting local communities and have donated 1% of turnover to local charities across the South West.

“The peer-to-peer programme offered us the opportunity to listen to the YMCA’s exciting plans on their existing site. We were delighted to offer our free support to help their aspirations become more tangible.

“We look forward to the official opening and celebrating how business collaboration can deliver fantastic results.”

Find out more about the Chamber’s peer to peer networking programme by contacting Head of Member Services Helen Hart via email at

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