06 July 2021

Designing the future in Newark as Benoy partners with YMCA

Benoy is delighted to announce their involvement as lead interior designer for the YMCA Community and Activity Village on Lord Hawke Way, as part of their new partnership with the local charity.

With a shared vision to inspire long-term social change for local young people, the new partnership marks a milestone in the Village’s development, helping to shape the visual identity of facilities that will serve the community for generations to come.

A confirmed list of key areas to be designed by Benoy include the YMCA Village’s ground floor café-come-co-work space, function room, conference hall and some key features within the double height entrance lobby.

Benoy brings extensive global experience via a network of eight studios around the world. Recent projects Include interior design and retail planning for the award-winning Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore and closer to home, the design for a new stand, hospitality suite and residential complex at Nottingham Forest City Ground. 

Mike Wilson-MacCormack, Head of Newark Studio said: We’re delighted to be working with the YMCA on this transformational project. As a Newark-based family business, we’re keen to work with other local organisations where we can and the work of the YMCA is something we are particularly supportive of.”

In keeping with the charity’s theory of change model to create meaningful opportunities for children and families across Newark and Sherwood, designs will be geared towards nurturing key developmental assets that will most benefit local young people. By nurturing a caring community framework, these assets include everything from boosting support networks and learning opportunities to reinforcing a positive sense of identity and raising life expectations.

Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director of YMCA Newark and Sherwood, said: Our ambitious plans for young people require social change pioneers, and Benoy’s local heart gives us faith in their ability to translate the community’s needs into the very fabric of their YMCA Village designs.

Ollie Harris (pictured right), Associate Director for Interior Design at Benoy, added: Having the opportunity to create a destination that directly impacts a community we feel so much a part of is really exciting for us at Benoy. We hope to create a series of unique spaces that will help tell the YMCA’s story and enhance the local community for years to come.”

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