Parents and children were invited along to attend the official opening of a brand new pre-school building, which has just completed on the site of Clophill St Mary’s Lower School in Bedfordshire. PCMS Design has been involved in this project since its inception, working together with the school governors and management team on the design, planning application process, specification, tendering and finally the contract administration of the build.
There is a large bright playroom with kitchenette, plus a small admin area with office and store room. As the pre-school is on the site of a former Victorian school building, the design reflects some of those features with brick elevations and a slate roof, and tall feature windows at the end of the play room.
The official opening ceremony was attended by the Bishop of Bedford the Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, and staff are now preparing for the first wave of pre-schoolers.
Headteacher Karen Bingley said: “We were so pleased today to officially open our new pre-school building, which is a superb addition to the school site. PCMS Design has looked after the whole project for us, and assisted particularly in the later stages with contract administration. We now have a beautiful and well-designed building for our pre-school children, and the whole community will benefit from it for years to come.”
We were very pleased to attend the official opening last week of one of our pre-school projects in Caddington, near Dunstable. Bishop Peter Doyle from the Diocese of Northampton performed the ribbon-cutting duties at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.
Pupils, staff and governors were delighted to have the Bishop officiating, and he was genuinely impressed by the range of facilities on offer for children from the age of two years upwards.
Our building design includes a large multi-purpose playroom, with a separate kitchenette and office, and is able to run independently without need to use the welfare facilities of the school next door. An outside play space is also provided, part-covered with a canopy for wetter days. Up to 24 children can attend each session.
The project was completed on time and within budget. Headteacher Steve Chiswell said: “Everyone from PCMS were brilliant throughout, really cannot speak highly enough of you all, so thank you.”
We have recently completed a building improvement project at Raynsford Academy in Henlow. Our changes incorporated a side extension to an existing classroom so that the Reception class could be relocated, leaving a large internal space available for the local village pre-school. Our design also included reconfiguration of the central area to create separate WCs for the Reception class and Pre-School, with a shared group room.
A large new external play canopy has been installed to wrap around the building serving the Reception class play area, and it also creates a covered entrance to the Pre-School. Formed from powder-coated steel posts and Perspex, play canopies such as these are becoming an essential feature of all primary schools so that the curriculum requirement to provide external play can still be followed in all weathers.
Our design scheme has delivered additional space for the school with only a modest extension, by creatively re-designing the internal spaces and ancillary facilities. As part of the works, the existing car park was extended to create six additional parking spaces.
PCMS Design is currently project managing the construction of a new free-standing pre-school building in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Caddington, just outside Dunstable. Works are progressing smoothly and the whole project is on target for completion later this term, which means that the new pre-school will be ready to open for business in January.
The contractors have worked well, completing each stage in accordance with the project plan. A striking architectural detail is the zinc standing seam roof (see photo) which provides a hard-wearing and cost-effective alternative to concrete or slate tiles.
Upon completion, there will be a large multi-purpose playroom and associated facilities, together with external play space to fulfil the government’s curriculum objective of children being offered outside play every day.
“Our design team have experience of designing Early Years facilities and we have worked with the local authority, the school and the Diocese of Northampton to deliver this project,” commented Alex Bond, Project Manager.
Back in 2011, we designed and project managed the construction of a new building for Clapham Pre-School in Bedfordshire. The Pre-School currently provides 40 childcare places for 3-5 year olds in two large bright playrooms, with ancillary facilities such as a combined kitchen and staff room, office and laundry room.
Then in 2013, we were again asked by the Pre-School to secure planning permission for a large extension to the side of the building, the objective being to provide additional nursery spaces for 2-3 year old children.
We are delighted that building works have now begun, with construction administration being provided by PCMS Design. Princebuild Limited of Northamptonshire is the principal contractor.
Our design incorporates similar features from the existing building whilst continuing the interior design theme of bright modern colours, and there is also a feature corner window to provide clear views out to the green play area beyond.
The extension is due to be completed by the end of June, with new children starting pre-school shortly afterwards.
Greenleas School in Kestrel Way, Leighton Buzzard is a thriving primary school in the middle of a still expanding residential development. Following a process that involved building design, planning liaison and construction management, we are delighted to announce that a new free-standing nursery building has just been completed on the school site.
The official opening ceremony took place on Friday 16th January, and the ribbon was cut by local MP Andrew Selous together with help from some of the teachers and pre-school children.
PCMS designed the new single storey building, specified the materials to be used and project managed the build. The building comprises a large play room with separate office, kitchen and WCs. PCMS also designed a canopy across the back of the building, which provides sheltered outdoor play space.
This is the latest in a series of projects that we have completed for Greenleas School, both at Kestrel Way and at the school’s other site in Derwent Road.
Both teachers and children are very pleased with their new home: “It’s great to have a new building which has been specifically designed with small children in mind; it incorporates safety features and is a wonderfully light and airy space to work and play in” said Headteacher Rebecca Clarke.
Local Authority staff recently approached PCMS to plan, design and project manage a quick and cost-effective space reorganisation for Downside Pre-School in Dunstable. The changes that we designed to the layout of this mixed educational/community site meant that extra room was available for pre-school use.
Work has recently started on a new reception classroom project at Southill Lower School, a site which is in a conservation village setting between the towns of Biggleswade and Shefford in Bedfordshire.
The School is very pleased that work has begun, as it has been a long term goal to convert an existing outbuilding in the grounds to serve as teaching space. When we conducted a survey and feasibility study on the old brick building earlier in the year however, it became clear that a conversion project would not be economically viable. So demolition of the existing shed would need to take place first in order to replace it with a new classroom, and we were pleased to oblige with designs and plans.
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.