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Enterprise and skills infrastructure (theme 1)

Our Aims

We will improve the skills and employment opportunities for the people of Boscombe.

How we will achieve our aims?

We will invest in our enterprise sector by supporting local businesses to set up their businesses and remain in Boscombe

We will increase the amount (and diversity) of high-quality, affordable commercial floor space.

We will invest in our existing skills infrastructure and make it easier for local residents to improve their skills and increase their chances of gaining employment.

Through the re-use of the Royal Arcade we will bring back into use the vacant floor space to create jobs and provide an attractive place to shop, work, eat and visit, using the first floor for skills and learning which will be part of a network of similar facilities across Boscombe.

We will seek to purchase the lease of the Kings Park bowling centre and work with the community to establish a wider range of health, well-being and recreation activities, retaining the first floor for skills and learning.

Projects under this theme:

  • Digital skills, Innovation and Learning hub (DSILH), Boscombe
  • Kings Park Activity and Learning hub
  • The Old School House (TOSH)
  • Toft Steps Beach Box Park

Where we are now

 

Digital skills, Innovation and Learning hub (DSILH), Boscombe

Work is underway to provide the following skills and learning, training and support

  • Hub concierge and signposting service
  • Virtual skills platform (website)
  • Digital learning rooms
  • Digital tech incubator / accelerator
  • Digital tech lab and showroom

Kings Park Activity and Learning hub

We have purchased the lease of the Kings Park bowling centre and are working with the community to establish a wider range of health, well-being and recreation activities, retaining the first floor for skills and learning. This project is being delivered with partners including Dorset Skills and Learning, Poole and Bournemouth College and AECC University.

The Old School House (TOSH)

This project will fund improvements to the windows, heating and insulation of the building, so more people can use it as a flexible work-space in this former schoolhouse and listed building.

 Toft Steps Beach Box Park

The Beach Box Park project will create a health, sports and wellness hub on the seafront.

Work will begin in Autumn 2022 for the current temporary buildings on site to be replaced with three timber clad converted shipping containers with a green “living roof” to blend into the coastal landscape. Current public toilets will be refurbished and there will be a hard-standing area for a free-standing unit. These units will be rented out on a short-term basis for business start-ups creating new jobs in Boscombe.