We were delighted recently when Greenleas School in Leighton Buzzard was granted retrospective planning permission for a play canopy on their Kestrel Way site. The large 123m2 canopy comprised of 35mm thick opal polycarbonate roof panels was installed a couple of years ago.
An oversight meant that permission had not been sought prior to construction. Our retrospective application to Central Bedfordshire Council argued that the structure is acceptable in planning policy terms: it aids children with their outdoors learning and supports delivery of the National Curriculum, it has an empathetic design that blends well with the existing school building, and also presents no harm to the neighbouring residential amenity.
Greenleas School happily now has a compliant play canopy for the children to enjoy, and the school also uses it for breakfast and after school clubs.
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.
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.