Works have completed at the former Day Centre located within the Banks Park Village Hall complex. Work included providing a new sensible sized Office for the Parish Council to work from, as well as additional spaces such as a dedicated meeting room, a larger conference space which can be hired by the public, a welcoming reception area, and new WCs including DDA (access). Overdue maintenance work was also carried out throughout the building including general repairs, roof refurbishments and adding fire breaks within the roof space.
The project also involved some external works to create a
new vibrant entrance which gives the Parish Council a central presence within
the Banks Park Complex.
The works were partly funded by Aylesbury Vale District
Council through their New Homes Bonus scheme alongside Parish Council Funds.
“We’ve been supporting this project since its inception and it is very satisfying to see it to completion” said project manager Helena Cox. “Added to that, the Parish Council are delighted with the end result.”
Planning permission has been approved for a new £1.8m
Standalone Classroom Block at Raynsford Academy, Henlow. The new building will
enable Raynsford’s transition from a Lower school to a Primary school as part
of Central Bedfordshire’s Schools for the Future programme.
The building will provide additional classrooms, with
ancillary accommodation including studio/multi agency, SEND meeting and a
multi-purpose specialist teaching space for smaller groups. In addition a
Multi-Use Games Area, that will also be available for community use, is being
provided as well as number of off-site highways improvements.
Careful consideration was made in terms of the design of the
building and its siting within a semi-rural/residential area. The mass of the
building has been minimalised by the use of the four sloping roofs and a lower
central corridor flat roof reinforcing the visual separation. The form is
essentially a cube shape that has been broken up with the recessed and
projecting wall elements along with the use of materials to define those areas.
The school were very keen to minimise the energy use for the
new building. This has been achieved with the design of Ground Source Heat
Pumps, solar panels which are to be sited on the main school building, grey
water recycling and, for bio-diversity, a green sedum roof to the four main
sloping elements of the building.
“We set about to help Raynsford Academy create a sustainable
building – in line with the council’s sustainability strategy – and securing
planning consent is an important milestone” said project manager Alex Bond.
“The aim is now, with the help of building contractors, to deliver the finished
article ready for the school’s new year 5 class this year.”
The exciting further phase of work in the transition of Henlow Academy from a Middle School to a Secondary School is well underway.
The project is the next phase of the Master Plan and is a further extension to the new Sports Hall and Classroom Block that was completed in 2018. The extension will proved four new state of the art Science Labs, five additional classrooms and SEN Group room spaces. The extension has been designed to reflect the form of the Sports Hall, the mass has been broken up with the addition of the rendered elements. The project also includes works to the former gym to create a new drama/dining space, with the introduction of large vertical windows to bring in natural light, with new lighting and retractable seating it will transform the space.
Works are due to be completed and the end of July 2021 ready for the start of the new year where the school will take their first year 9.