The building had been unoccupied for some years and was becoming a target for vandals. As it occupies a prominent position next to Tithe Farm Lower School the potential was there to create something to enhance the street scene, and improve the appearance of the school site generally.
Red Bear Childrens Centre offers a range of workshops, training sessions, outreach services and general helpful advice to families with children under 5 years old. St Marys Lower School has always been actively involved with the local community, and so provided an ideal location for the Children’s Centre.
The Bedfordshire town of Sandy has recently seen the opening of a new Children’s Centre. PCMS were commissioned by the Early Childhood Intervention & Prevention team at Central Bedfordshire Council to design a purpose-built Sure Start Children’s Centre in the grounds of Laburnum Lower School. The site had limited space, so after carrying out a detailed feasibility study we proposed extending an existing wing of the school in a sympathetic way so as not to affect the overall profile and appearance of the old brick school building. This also minimised the impact on the school grounds and play areas.
Construction works were carried out by Meadsway Construction Ltd of Bedford, whilst PCMS acted as project manager and CDM Co-ordinator.
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.