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New Children’s Centre & Foundation Stage Nursery


Layfield Primary School, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees


Layfield Primary School


This project by Dewjo’c Architects for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, through their Partnering Framework, provides a Children’s Centre that enables Layfield Primary School to deliver a wide range of community services. It also provides a visually inviting new main entrance to the whole building and a new image for the school


Working with concept designs by John Ions, Phil Newbold, Senior Associate at Dewjo’c Architects, managed the detailed design and construction phases of this £1m project on a tight budget and with challenging logistics


Within the new Children’s Centre, excellent childcare services for families are provided including a Breakfast Club, Wraparound Care, After School and Holiday Club. Services are delivered with partner organisations. The Centre also provides an environment for parents and children to enjoy learning together and gives an opportunity for children of all ages in Yarm to be engaged and developed. The new building comprises a group of single storey extensions to the existing school buildings with a total gross internal floor area of 434sq.m. There are also a number of internal adaptations to the existing building to accommodate the new extensions


Externally, the scheme includes new car parking facilities and landscaped play areas with curved canopies. In addition to high levels of insulation and air-tightness in the new extensions in order to deliver excellent comfort levels and low running costs, the project also includes the provision of a wind turbine and PV panels. These renewable energy features and the associated display panel in the entrance lobby are have been included as teaching aids and do not make a significant contribution to the energy requirements of the school


The project was completed in January 2010 ahead of programme and on budget

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