We are delighted to announce that the Early Years extension at Kensworth Lower School in Bedfordshire has been completed ahead of contract, and in time for the beginning of the autumn term. To the delight of the teaching staff, it took just 16 weeks from the date that the contractors moved onto site before handover of the new setting. The pre-school now has provision for up to 20 children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, with some fantastic play and learning facilities.
The main area is a flexible space allowing a safe and secure environment for children to play and learn, along with supporting facilities such as a new office and toilets. There’s also an external canopy area, and the existing school entrance has been much improved.
John Watson School, which is based a few miles from Oxford in the village of Wheatley, is a community special school that caters for children with Special Educational Needs from the ages of 2 to 19. It has dedicated facilities for children with a range of disabilities, including some with physical impairment.
Members of staff recently approached PCMS to plan and design a quick and cost-effective space reorganisation. They needed a better servery in the dining area; our solution was to design a kitchenette incorporating height-adjustable cabinets, worktop and sink, along with the creation of a new stainless steel serving counter with a roller shutter. Building Control consent has been granted, and the School will be employing a local contractor to complete the works to our design and specification.
Acorn Pre-School, which is based in the town of Shefford in Bedfordshire, recently celebrated the first anniversary of moving into their permanent home. PCMS helped them to design a new building to provide enough space for 30 children which also incorporated a kitchen area, toilets, meeting room and separate office. PCMS specified internal fixtures and fittings, carried out a tendering process with local construction firms, and managed the build contract throughout.
The construction of a new meeting room has recently been completed at Shefford Lower School in Bedfordshire.
PCMS helped to overcome a number of design and sequencing challenges at the outset to ensure that the project ran smoothly. Despite the school having been extended a few years ago, previous meeting space had been turned into an IT suite there were limited options for building elsewhere on the school site.
The solution was to infill some ‘dead space’ in a small courtyard area. A set of doors and a window were re-used, and building materials such as bricks and roof tiles were carefully matched with the existing school to achieve a seamless appearance with the new extension.
Best of all, in order to minimise disruption PCMS carefully programmed the construction works to coincide with school holidays. So re-siting of the door, window and path was carried out during the Autumn ½ term holiday, following by digging of the foundations in February and finally the walls, roof and interior fit-out were completed during the Easter break.
The School is very pleased with the finished result. Headteacher Tracey Callender said: “PCMS were on hand to offer reliable advice and expertise from the initial stages and throughout the project, and I would certainly use PCMS again for any similar work at the school.”
PCMS is pleased to announce that we are now registered as a Corporate member of the Association for Project Management (APM). This demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the professional development of our project and programme management, and is also a sign of our commitment to the profession.
Construction work has just begun on a new Early Years Building at Kensworth Lower School in Bedfordshire. Completion is due in time for the start of the new academic year this September. The pre-school currently operates from the school hall, but PCMS have designed a new purpose built facility to cater for up to 20 children. There will be a large internal play area, a covered outdoor play area, WCs, office and kitchenette together with plenty of indoor and outdoor storage. The scheme also includes improvements to the school entrance, providing a new covered entrance canopy.
We are very proud to announce that the relaunched PCMS website is now online. The new site clearly offers each of our customer groups – public sector, homeowners, businesses and developers – a clear explanation of how we can help with construction, renovation or refurbishment plans.
The Sure Start staff based at Ursula Taylor Lower School in Clapham, Bedfordshire are thrilled with their new Children’s Centre building, which was completed and handed over in February. The multi-use Centre will allow a variety of child-based activities to take place, such as parenting workshops, drop-in sessions and clinics. The Lower School share the centre for their After School and Holiday Clubs.
PCMS has just secured planning permission for a new Early Years Unit on behalf of Fairfield Park Lower School in Stotfold near Hitchin. Project Manager Alex Bond said, “This is a fascinating project, as the school is part of the Fairfield Park development, a large residential community which has been constructed in the grounds of the former Fairfield Hall psychiatric hospital. The original Victorian building is grade II listed, and any new construction has to closely comply with the Fairfield Park Urban Design Strategy, including new public buildings such as this one within the School boundary.”
The Lower School was opened in 2007, and the independent early year’s childcare provider currently operating from the School building needs a new facility. PCMS went through a planning and consultation process with Mid-Beds District Council, and took on board their feedback. As a result, designs for a purpose-built separate nursery block were produced that satisfy the requirements of the Urban Design Strategy, but also provide stimulating and spacious accommodation for the pre-school children and staff.
By acting as the School’s agent, PCMS have successfully taken the project through the planning approvals process. Construction is set to take place this summer.