Refurbishment is planned for King’s Lynn Discovery Centre following its purchase by Freebridge Community Housing. Picture: Tony Jones.

The new owners of the Discovery Centre in North Lynn plan to refurbish the facility after agreeing its sale with the board of trustees.

Freebridge Community Housing has bought the centre, in Columbia Way, and will now hold consultation events to get feedback from the local community.

The centre has provided a range of services for children and young people and has helped thousands of families in a variety of ways since it first opened its doors back in 2002.

Robert Clarke, Freebridge’s director of housing, said: “We are really very pleased to have taken over ownership of the Discovery Centre.  Our focus is now on engaging with the local community to understand what people need and want from the centre, whilst carrying out some much-needed improvement works.

“We were keen to buy the centre given its location in an area where many of our homes are located, and over the years it has provided an accessible base for many much-needed services, in particular for the young people of West Norfolk.”

As part of the preliminary work ahead of refurbishing the site, there will be two drop-in consultation events to give the local community a chance to provide vital input in how the site is developed.

The purchase has come with the full support of the centre’s former trustees, West Norfolk Council and a number of other involved partners.

Councillor Graham Middleton, one of the trustees, added: “This sale is great news for the Discovery Centre and for the local community.

“Freebridge has an excellent understanding of the role the centre has played in the past and wants to ensure the centre continues to play a vital role in the community in future.

“I’d like to personally thank everyone that has been involved in getting to this stage and I hope that many local people will participate in the consultation events so that they can put forward any ideas they have for the site.”

The consultation events are being scheduled to take place in May and will be held at the Discovery Centre. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.