AN artist’s impression of the planned new home for Barnsley Youth Choir have been unveiled as the scheme begins to pick up pace.

The council was successful in its bid to receive more than £10m in so-called ‘levelling up’ funding in January 2023.

A host of projects will benefit from the funding and this includes the creation of the Northern Academy for Vocal Excellence (NAVE).

The NAVE will bring the council’s former Computer Centre on the corner of St Mary’s Place and Westgate - which was built in 1879 and was previously the town’s courthouse until 1970 when Barnsley Magistrates’ Court opened - back into use.

It will also engage with other organisations to provide a hub for singing regionally and nationally, hopefully building an international reputation from the town centre base.

Work is set to pick up pace on the scheme after official plans were submitted to Barnsley Council’s planning department earlier this month.