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.
Sandy Children’s Centre is run by Christian Family Care, and they now have a flexible space to offer vital services to local families. There is a bright, modern room for workshop sessions and parenting classes, which is also used for routine baby clinics. The new centre at Sandy will help to reach out to local children and the wider community.
The project will shortly be enhanced by the addition of a glass outdoor canopy along the length of one wall to provide a small external play and recreation area for the children that visit the Centre.