New social area for young people at The Buszy

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A NEAR derelict part of the old bus station has been transformed into a bright and inviting social area for young people.

The MAD lounge project involved a group of teenagers from the Milton Keynes Academy working out the entire £10,000 Busby revamp.

Christopher Stephens, chairman of the trustees from the DHL UK Foundation, the group that funded the project, said: “This is a brilliant and very moving moment. Fifty DHL employees have been involved and we see that the new lounge will be of real benefit to the local community.”

Students involved with the project were Lewis Howarth, Thusitha Fernando, Tyler Trower, Jumer Ahmed, Hassan Ali Rahimi , Richard Yeboah and Sharon Appiah.

Lewis Haworth said: “When we started work six months ago the area was a disaster zone. Now we are really pleased with it, and it is a good social area for young people to use.”

Tyler Trower added: “It has been a good experience for us. We will be socialising here and hope that lots of others do too.”

The seven students hired contractors to undertake skilled tasks such as plastering and flooring, but tackled the design, decorating, purchasing of equipment and refurbishment themselves. They worked on the project as part of their Leisure and Tourism course and during free study periods, in the evenings and weekends.