We were very pleased last week to be invited to attend the forthcoming Haddenham Annual Parish Meeting, and particularly delighted this year because it will take place within the newly refurbished Parish Centre. Our recent project to improve the Parish Council offices at the Village Hall has transformed the space.
Haddenham has seen considerable development in recent years, with new homes, employment sites and leisure facilities all being constructed in the village. Consequently, Parish Council activities were becoming ever-busier and the need for administration resourcing had increased. Staff had outgrown their under-sized office, and the entrance lacked a reception area making it unsuitable for accepting visitors; there had become an urgent need to improve it.
A former Day Centre within the village hall had been closed for some time; an outdated lounge area also had two large supporting pillars restricting the layout. We designed a reconfiguration and renovation of existing internal spaces to deliver rooms that will enable the Parish Council to continue operating effectively as the village expands. A re-utilisation of space is a cost-effective and environmentally sound way of achieving an objective like this; building materials are kept to a minimum, but structural alterations enable the building to be upgraded to a modern specification, and at the same time the opportunity is there to deliver more efficient heating, insulation, lighting and storage. At the same time, the dilapidated flat roof was repaired and the external facades of the whole building were decorated.
Staff and Parish Councillors have embraced the new Parish Centre, which includes a dedicated smart entrance doorway and reception hatch, and a conference room large enough to seat the whole Parish Council in comfort. Haddenham Parish Clerk Sue Gilbert commented: “Our smart Parish Centre is great to work in, and finally we have an office and meeting room which is fit for purpose. We are delighted with the transformation. We have worked together with PCMS Design on a number of feasibility and construction projects, and have always been delighted with the great service and support that we’ve received.”