The right choice and right on time for Birchills Sure Start Centre
By opting for a modular solution, the new Sure Start Children’s Centre in Birchills, North Walsall, was able to be completed in around 30% less time than if the local authority – Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council – had gone for a conventional build.
This was a real boon for the council and Allen Construction Consultancy who project managed the scheme, as it helped them avoid time restrictions on available funding.
“It was a close run thing”, said Allen’s associate director Darren Clarke, “but we managed to get planning permission through in good time largely due to the involvement of the project group, which included planning officers.”
The 826 square metres centre is packed with features that have clearly impressed programme manager Hilary Hastings, who said, “The new centre has a contemporary, functional design that gives the right message to the family groups who use it.”
And praising the efforts of both the project managers Allen, and the builders Wernick, Hilary added, “What really pleased me is how my contacts at Allen Construction and Wernick have really listened to me and my team so that the facilities here will suit the end users – those who work, play and learn here.”