Work on the £8 million conversion of a former mill building into a new state-of-the-art youth centre provided valuable experience for one young staff member at Bradford surveyors and property specialists Rex Procter & Partners, based at Low Moor.

Culture Fusion, in Thornton Road, which opened in October, provides a variety of community services for young people, ranging from business support to advice on sexual health.

The 3,200 sq m centre was created from refurbishing a six-storey mill building linked to a new-build five-storey extension. Rex Procter & Partners provided project management, employer’s agent and quantity surveying services on the scheme.

Chris Ing, project director at Rex Procter & Partners, said the brief for the project was developed in conjunction with local young people, who played an active role throughout the development.

Chris said: “We were involved from the inception of the project which has given a tremendous opportunity to a number of our younger staff.

“In keeping with the project’s delivery aspirations, Mark Priestley, project manager, who joined RPP from school on our training programme, had his first significant project role since achieving his professional qualification working on the Culture Fusion scheme.”

Bernie Gahan, Bradford YMCA head of operations, said: “I would like to commend Rex Procter & Partners for supporting a young staff member in taking a lead role in the project. Mark provided a very professional service and was respected by the partnership.

“He was especially good at helping me understand the complexities of the construction industry, often translating into plain English some of the jargon and helping me understand the ongoing next steps of the project.’’