We have been working on an interesting design scheme for a lower school in the village of Southill in Bedfordshire. The school acquired a plot of land next door and had aspirations to extend the playground to create a new and exciting play area for the children.
PCMS Design was asked to come up with a scheme that included a water feature, sand play, a climbing wall within a rubber crumb ‘ampitheatre’ area and a low mound to be fashioned as a ‘fort’. We have also included some modest structures such as relocation of and extension to a timber shelter and a new timber pergola. Children will have the chance to learn about growing vegetables and flowers too, with the inclusion of a ‘cottage garden’ area with raised beds.
Planning permission was granted by Central Bedfordshire Council recently for the design scheme and change of use of the land to D1 (non-residential institution), giving the green light for the School to make a start on the adventure playground.
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.
Refurbishment and construction works have reached completion stage at Maple Tree Lower School in Sandy, Bedfordshire in time for the start of term in September. PCMS have designed and project managed the contract to complete works on new facilities for children and staff.
The existing early years classroom needed reconfiguring in order to provide the space for additional after school and holiday care. A feasibility study identified areas that could be changed and extended so that a nursery and kids club could be accommodated. The project as a whole inevitably involved a degree of disturbance to normal school activities. However, with careful project management and a phased approach to operations, disruption was kept to a minimum and the school was able to run smoothly throughout.
Work has just finished on a smart new dining hall at Laburnum Lower School in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
Due to lack of available space in the main school, meals had previously been served in a temporary modular unit. Central Bedfordshire Council organised its removal, and then local contractors immediately began work on the construction of a new brick built free-standing dining hall. The construction schedule was tight, and time on site was limited to only a few months. Works were completed on time and on budget.
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.
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.