Wednesfield-based Edward Howell is celebrating the success of its latest project, which saw it play a part in the rejuvenation of a community facility.
The sign, which has been supported by the Youth Opportunity Fund, measures approximately 6ft by 6ft and has been designed by the youngsters who use the centre, with help from renowned local artist John O’Hanlon. It depicts the ‘The Vibe’ name at the centre of a sun, along with 18 ‘rays of sunlight’ incorporating mosaics and messages such as ‘respect’, ‘youth’ and ‘retro’.
Jim Lindsay, Commercial Manager for Edward Howell, said: “Galvanizing the framework of the sign, which involved dipping the steel into molten zinc at temperatures of up to 450°C, ensures it is protected long-term against rust and corrosion, meaning that The Vibe’s message will be clear to see for generations to come.”
Leon Hylton, Youth Worker for Birmingham City Council and Manager of The Vibe, said: “The new sign is a fitting culmination of all the hard work that has been put in to getting the youth centre up and running. The youngsters came up with a fantastic, eye-catching concept, and now the team at Edward Howell has carried out its galvanizing work, the final version will be protected against the elements.”
The sign marked the end to a major renovation project carried out at the youth club, which has moved from its previous base on Bierton Road to its current home on Holder Road, South Yardley. Formerly a disused tenants hall, the new centre has been revamped with the full involvement of the youngsters who use the facility, and incorporates a music recording studio and computer suite.
As well as playing host to the youth club on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – and hosting youth club band practices on Thursday evenings – the new hub is also used by the wider local community, with kickboxing classes, dance sessions, scout groups and band practices amongst the events held on a regular basis.