Norwich Open youth venue gets £1.3m grant
An exciting multi-million youth venue in Norwich is a giant step closer to opening for business after it received a £1.3m Big Lottery Fund grant.
The Open centre in the former Barclays Bank building in Norwich city centre is set for a summer 2009 launch, thanks to the grant to pay for its furniture and fittings.
The project, which is the brainchild of Christian businessman Graham Dacre (pictured right outside the Open venue), who paid £2.5m for the building in 2002, will be a meeting place for young people.
Facilities will include a live music venue, theatre, conference centre, a young people's nightclub, climbing wall, educational kitchen and café, music recording studios, video editing suites, a dance and performing arts space, health centre and education space.
The venue will not serve any alcohol and is designed to be a safe place for young people between 13 and 25.
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