Uncertainty over future of Southampton's Eastpoint Centre

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IT was supposed to be the centrepiece of a Southampton community.

But the future of the Eastpoint Centre in Thornhill is still up in the air – even though it is under new management.

Landlords, Plus You Limited (PYL), have officially taken control of the £10.5million building weeks after it closed amid crippling debts of £150,000.

But there is still no sign of a buyer and PYL staff said no decisions have been made on what happens next.

Speaking at a Thornhill Community Voices meeting, PYL community co-ordinator Mike Allot said: “The administrators have left the site and Plus You have taken over the building.

“The board is still in the process of working to find the best possible solution, not for PYL or Eastpoint but for everybody in Thornhill.

“There will be more information to come but the situation is we have the building and are responsible for its bills and everything that goes along with it. The building is still there and it is not going anywhere at the moment.”

Meanwhile night-time security has been stepped up after the building was unsuccessfully targeted by burglars in the past few weeks.

Mr Allot added: “People have tried to break into the centre so we have security there at night to prevent this.”

Plans were in place to auction centre’s furniture, fixtures and fittings, to raise money for more than 30 creditors.

But as reported by the Daily Echo, Itchen College stepped in to stop it being stripped bare by purchasing its contents for around £200,000, including plasma televisions, laptops, tables and even its kitchen sinks.

It gave administrators Baker Tilly more time to find a buyer but so far no one has come forward.

As previously reported, 23 Eastpoint Centre staff lost their jobs when it closed on January 22 after it was deemed no longer financially viable to keep open.

It was built in 2001 and initial plans to develop a new Itchen College next door eventually collapsed.

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12:47pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Can someone remind me what the original purpose of the building was? Who was supposed to benefit and how? Why has it fallen by the wayside, who was responsible for its failure? It is sad that criminals have already targetted it, perhaps an opportunity to set a trap or two! How can it be turned back to being an assett for the Community?
Can someone remind me what the original purpose of the building was? Who was supposed to benefit and how? Why has it fallen by the wayside, who was responsible for its failure? It is sad that criminals have already targetted it, perhaps an opportunity to set a trap or two! How can it be turned back to being an assett for the Community? OSPREYSAINT
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2:07pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Outside of the Box says...

The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another.
The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another. Outside of the Box
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2:28pm Fri 21 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another.
Thanks, but I am none the wiser, what were the facilities to be provided and who would be able to use them and at what cost?
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another.[/p][/quote]Thanks, but I am none the wiser, what were the facilities to be provided and who would be able to use them and at what cost? OSPREYSAINT
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3:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

If it was a conference & community building exactly what community groups used it?
If the conference facilities were being used why not offer it at a competitive rate for the use of say the Universities?
When they are on holiday try to fill it with I know conferences?
Contact Sports Clubs to help run youth activities & who knows contact the snooker & darts authorities & see if they would be interested in holding competitions in the conference area? ( how big is it?)
Talk to the locals see how functions can be held for their benefit which can still generate money to make this place viable.
I'm just an ordinary guy & off the top of my head I can come up with these ideas so why hasn't the charity running it come up with anything?
If it was a conference & community building exactly what community groups used it? If the conference facilities were being used why not offer it at a competitive rate for the use of say the Universities? When they are on holiday try to fill it with I know conferences? Contact Sports Clubs to help run youth activities & who knows contact the snooker & darts authorities & see if they would be interested in holding competitions in the conference area? ( how big is it?) Talk to the locals see how functions can be held for their benefit which can still generate money to make this place viable. I'm just an ordinary guy & off the top of my head I can come up with these ideas so why hasn't the charity running it come up with anything? loosehead
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3:24pm Fri 21 Mar 14

loosehead says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another.
Thanks, but I am none the wiser, what were the facilities to be provided and who would be able to use them and at what cost?
Osprey the idea was a purpose built conference centre plus Community building the people were put in charge to attract conferences & these would pay for the wages & up keep of the building & allow a great asset for the local community.
If the people running it couldn't get conferences to go there why not look at all other options to make the site viable I've mentioned a few & they might be pie in the sky ideas but at least they're that ideas.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: The original purpose was for it to be a conference centre with community facilities, it has fallen by the wayside because it didn't generate enough income, its failure is down to the Charity that ran it. The new owners are also a Charity set up benefit local people, therefore the building is an asset for the community one way or another.[/p][/quote]Thanks, but I am none the wiser, what were the facilities to be provided and who would be able to use them and at what cost?[/p][/quote]Osprey the idea was a purpose built conference centre plus Community building the people were put in charge to attract conferences & these would pay for the wages & up keep of the building & allow a great asset for the local community. If the people running it couldn't get conferences to go there why not look at all other options to make the site viable I've mentioned a few & they might be pie in the sky ideas but at least they're that ideas. loosehead
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8:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Superior Being says...

2001?? try again
2001?? try again Superior Being
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