Plans for £1.2m Morecambe blind centre revealed as bulldozers move in at ex-newspaper office

The former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.
The former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.
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Demolition work on the former Visitor office is well under way.

Bulldozers have moved in this week to knock down most of the former home of the town’s newspaper to convert the building into a centre of excellence for blind people.

Bulldozers move in at the former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe, which is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.

Bulldozers move in at the former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe, which is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.

Meanwhile new owners Galloway’s Society for the Blind have revealed some of the features of their new £1.2m development in the centre of Morecambe.

The new facility on Victoria Street will include an ‘Ideas Store’ displaying state-of-the-art resources to help visually impaired people in every day living, including a mock-up kitchen and living rooms.

It will also include a social enterprise café offering training and work placement opportunities for blind and partially sighted people.

The centre will also house a recording studio, letable office and meeting spaces, rooms for social and creative activities, and much more.

The former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.

The former Visitor newspaper office in Morecambe is being part-demolished and converted into a new facility for blind people. Photo by Tony North.

The facility will be available for use by the whole community.

The charity has been based on Balmoral Road in Morecambe for 50 years but the current building is no longer deemed fit for purpose.

Its new centre is scheduled to be completed later in 2016.

Kay Saunders, Galloway’s service user and local resident, said: “I am delighted that Galloway’s is moving to a new site that will be conveniently situated for public transport, making it more accessible for people living with sight loss.”

The Visitor and Lancaster Guardian newspapers moved to a new office on Northgate, White Lund, in 2014 after selling the building to Galloway’s.

The Visitor had been produced from Victoria Street since 1879 and in that particular building since 1929.

Galloway’s is still fundraising towards the cost of the new facility through its ‘Build a Brighter Future Appeal’.

To donate or to find out more please call 01524 414846.