Million pound boost for Sands End school and community

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Million pound boost for Sands End school and community

Friday February 10, 2012

More than £1.6m is being spent on developing Hurlingham and Chelsea School and creating a new community hub for south Fulham.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council approved plans at a cabinet meeting this week (January 30) to contribute £1.3m towards developing new community facilities at the secondary school, on Peterborough Road.

That money has been promised from the capital receipt the council will receive from the sale of the Sands End Community Centre in Broughton Road, while the rest of the funding - £320,000 - is coming from the school.

The scheme includes a new library for use by both pupils and local residents, and the refurbishment of a formerly unused area of the school, which has been turned into a purpose-built arts and crafts, pottery and textiles suite.

The new library will be open-plan but subdivided into low level shelving units and pods for individual or group study, together with a reception, separate storage space and an archive. A new school entrance is also going to be built and teaching facilities in the school will be improved.

Work on developing the school so that it doubles up as a community hub is already in full flow and has been for the past year. The school will have new changing rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness suite, a dance studio and two gymnasiums.

Head teacher of Hurlingham & Chelsea, Dr Philip Cross, said: “This project helps to realise our long-standing ambition to become a learning ‘hub’ for the community in south Fulham. We are already judged by Ofsted as an ‘outstanding’ school with excellent academic results.”

The development means that many of the services that either ran, or that will run until May, in the Sands End Community Centre, have a new home at Hurlingham and Chelsea School. One of the conditions the council stipulated last March when it decided to sell the community building was that all services would be re-located elsewhere in the local area.

The pottery classes and table tennis club sessions have already moved into the school, while the library and jewellery facilities will open in May on the school site.

Meanwhile, many of the other services, classes and programmes that were running in the Sands End Community Centre are continuing to take place at different venues. These include St Matthews Church, Sands End Playhouse, the Families Support Localities Service, the Macbeth Centre, and Langford School, which has now federated with Hurlingham and Chelsea school under the leadership of Dr Cross, and a unified management team and governing body.

Dr Cross added: “By federating with Langford Primary School and developing a strong community focus, we aim to establish Hurlingham & Chelsea as a leader in community education - nationally and internationally.”

Cabinet member for residents’ services, Cllr Greg Smith, said: “The extra funding that the council is pumping into Hurlingham & Chelsea will lead to the school becoming even more of a key focal point for the Sands End community.  The thriving new hub of activity will offer all local residents, whatever their age or background, the perfect opportunity to access a broad range of first class services and activities all under one roof. Change is never easy but, once complete, I am confident that the local community will come to value this new innovative hub as much as they did the previous one.”

We are very excited that Hurlingham & Chelsea is becoming even more of a focal point for the area, and is going to be a real hive of activity across the board - for education, youth, leisure and adult learning.

“The development offers local residents the perfect opportunity to get really involved in their community, and to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together while continuing to provide first class services under one roof. We want local people to support the scheme and get behind our vision of a hub developed specifically for the benefit of our residents.”

The school will continue to work with the council, and will look at working with other local organisations and charities, the Government and businesses, to continue to grow and serve the community.

Architects Surface to Air, who won a prestigious award for their work on the refurbishment of a Victorian building in Langford Primary, known as ‘The Courtyard’, created the vision of the new-look community areas in Hurlingham and Chelsea School and are continuing to work with the school to manage the project.

The news follows on from last week’s announcement that the council is paying £44,000 towards refurbishing the Adventure Playground building in Marinefield Road, Sands End, next month. The building will be given a makeover on both the inside and outside, the current toilets will be upgraded and new ones that will be accessible to everyone installed.

Sands End Community Centre is one of eight properties that the council agreed to sell last February (2011) to reduce its historic debt of £133m. The decision was based on the council’s commitment to prioritise front-line services ahead of underused buildings during an age of austerity. The centre has been underused for many years, despite repeated attempts to improve footfall and generate more activity through hiring out the centre.

All the services that are or were based at the community centre have either already been relocated or are set to by the end of May. They are as follows:

Existing or former provision at Sands End Community Centre

New provision

Implementation date

Gym

Club Energie Fitness in the Piper Building

Implemented in 2011

Children’s Centre

Ray’s Playhouse

Implemented in 2011

Pilates

St Matthew’s Church

Implemented in 2011

Karate

Langford Primary School

Implemented in 2011

Scariofunk Dance

Langford Primary School

Implemented in 2011

Pottery

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Implemented in January 2012

Table Tennis Club

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Implemented in January 2012

Agewell Yoga

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Implemented in January 2012

Agewell Circuit Training

Imperial Community Rooms

Due in April 2012

DIY Class

Macbeth Centre

Due in April 2012

Jewellery Class

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Due in May 2012

Stained Glass Class

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Due in May 2012

Library

Hurlingham and Chelsea Secondary School

Due in May 2012

Jewellery Club

Macbeth Centre

Due in May 2012

» Send us your comments now

could you please tell me when the new Sands End library will open.
Thank you
From Judith on 02/11/2012 at 11:12
Please could you tell me when the new Hurlingham & Chelsea School, purpose built Sands End Community Table Tennis facility will be open for use.

Some of the over fifties group are temporarily playing in the the School''s Drama Suite, the room is small and not suitable for Table Tennis players of any age.

The playing area available is greatly reduced because of all the Furniture and Equipmentin in the room, which also resticts players movement to return the ball too a couple of feet before you hit a wall or radiators also the room is carpetted.

The majority of the over fifties group are far from happy playing in the Drama Suite, and believe it should never be used for Table Tennis because of the Health & Safety risks to them especially as the School has two large Gym''s.

Regards
Mr Bickers

Tel: 020 3 590 7179
From Bickers on 20/02/2012 at 10:19

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