Work on refurbishing two of Slough Borough Council’s children’s centres – Penn Road and Chalvey – has been completed.
The council is investing £12million over the next five years into its buildings and facilities which are in need of refurbishment and repair. This includes children’s centres, community buildings, car parks, welfare facilities, allotments and libraries.
Chalvey (which sits on the Montem School site) and Penn Road children’s centres were considered to be of high priority, so work was carried out at these premises first.
The works involved replacing the old wooden cladding, which was tired and failing, with a modern silver grey cladding.
This was complimented by external painting and decoration, landscaping and fencing, with a new drainage solution at Penn Road for an area which suffered flooding, and the installation of new children’s play equipment.
The council’s regeneration delivery team is overseeing the investment programme in partnership with various services from across the council, including early years, leisure and housing.
Other projects coming up include the refurbishment of Cippenham Library and other children’s centres, phase two of Manor Park Community Centre and improvement works at allotment sites across the borough.
The building and associated works are being carried out on behalf of the council by Quickson’s Ltd, who won the work through a competitive tender process.
The comprehensive programme includes external improvements (replacement cladding, rainwater goods, fascia, soffit, doors and windows), landscaping, tarmacking and drainage solutions, as well as internal improvements (remodelling of building layouts, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, painting and decorating).
Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for education and children, said: “The refurbishment of the two children’s centres has made a huge difference to the offer we provide there.
“The landscaping and upgrade to the garden spaces in particular has created an environment where imaginative play can flourish. I’m really looking forward to seeing other centres getting similar improvements.”
Cllr James Swindlehurst, leader of Slough Borough Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “At Slough Borough Council we take great pride in enabling a host of public buildings and facilities that can be well-used by everyone. This is why we are investing £12million to ensure these facilities live on and are enjoyed by our communities for many years to come.
“I am delighted to see the difference the refurbishment programme has made to Penn Road and Chalvey Children’s Centres.”