LCE Architects worked in association with NPS as Technical and Design Advisors for the DfES Sure Start capital programme. The LCE senior technical consultants were responsible for a large number of local authorities in South and East England.
We were assisting in the strategic planning of the authorities’ capital programme, as well as providing problem solving services as part of a focused support package to enable Authorities to realise their proposed portfolio of Children’s Centre projects.
The Sure Start programme was a key commitment of the last Government consisting of a ten year programme to deliver 3,500 Children’s Centres by 2010. The Children’s Centres provide early education, family health care, parenting support and access to training all under one roof. The Centres also provide all families with access to affordable, flexible high quality childcare. A key characteristic of the Centres is that in many cases existing schools are used as host sites for these new facilities.
LCE were also responsible for assessing individual Children’s Centre capital projects for value for money, fitness for purpose and deliverability to funding deadlines so as to provide recommendations to Government for funding approval of individual schemes.