Artist’s impressions of the new Arthurlie Family Centre in Barrhead have been released, giving residents a first glimpse of what the £5.3m facility will look like.
Designed by East Renfrewshire Council’s in-house architecture team, the building’s exterior has a timber frame with an aluminium roof. The material and colour schemes have been designed to create a calm, nurturing environment.
Inside, the single storey family centre has seven playrooms, bright modern learning spaces and underfloor heating with level access throughout.
There is a canopy outside each playroom and a door to give youngsters access to a secure garden all-year-round.
East Renfrewshire convener for education and equalities, Councillor Elaine Green, said: “Seeing these excellent artist’s impressions really brings this project to life and gives us an idea of how the centre will look. The learning areas are bright and spacious and will offer a fantastic environment for our young people at the start of their educational journey. I’m looking forward to seeing the building starting to take shape and I know it will become a real asset for our communities once it opens.”
The centre will be an innovative community hub that brings together early years services under one roof at the heart of the Auchenback community. It is planned to be completed by late 2017 with transfer from the existing Arthurlie Family Centre taking place shortly after.
Once complete, the centre will increase the number of early years places available in the area, which will enhance the first-class integrated work the council is doing to support young children, parents and families. It has been developed as part of the council’s early years work in a partnership between Education, Health and Social Care and Environment.
The new Arthurlie Family Centre will offer 120 morning and 120 afternoon places for three to five-year-olds. In addition it will offer 50 part-time places for children aged from birth to three and provide a community space for families.
Working with children and families from a very early age, in the one centre, has a host of benefits to children’s development.
The building will also bring together front-line staff from other council services and partner organisations, such as health visitors and social workers. There will be accommodation to enable staff to work with parents while their child is learning and cared for.
Councillors, staff and youngsters who will use the centre joined together at the site in late January for a sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the work.