PCMS has just secured planning permission for a new Early Years Unit on behalf of Fairfield Park Lower School in Stotfold near Hitchin. Project Manager Alex Bond said, “This is a fascinating project, as the school is part of the Fairfield Park development, a large residential community which has been constructed in the grounds of the former Fairfield Hall psychiatric hospital. The original Victorian building is grade II listed, and any new construction has to closely comply with the Fairfield Park Urban Design Strategy, including new public buildings such as this one within the School boundary.”
The Lower School was opened in 2007, and the independent early year’s childcare provider currently operating from the School building needs a new facility. PCMS went through a planning and consultation process with Mid-Beds District Council, and took on board their feedback. As a result, designs for a purpose-built separate nursery block were produced that satisfy the requirements of the Urban Design Strategy, but also provide stimulating and spacious accommodation for the pre-school children and staff.
By acting as the School’s agent, PCMS have successfully taken the project through the planning approvals process. Construction is set to take place this summer.