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JDDK completes Barnard Castle Sure Start centre

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[First look + project data] Newcastle-based practice Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK) has unwrapped this £540,000 Sure Start children’s centre in Barnard Castle

The scheme, next to Clare House ‘on a highly prominent site within the historic town’, is the fifth children’s centre to have been designed by JDDK for Durham County Council and was one of the last to receive cash through the Governments’ Surestart Development fund which ended in March this year.

The proejct features child-size protusions, which jut out of the building like mini bay windows, where ‘children can go to create their own space’.


The architect’s view - Stuart Franklin

‘Working very closely with the planning authorities, partly due to the site’s prominent location, we’ve created a low level sustainable building with a sedum roof and clear-storey glazing which allows a huge amount of natural light in but is shaded by cedar brie solaire panels to prevent overheating. Inside we have approximately 150 square metres of space which Can be subdivide into different configurations but includes an adult training room, crèche area, reception, office and toilets. ‘Projects like the Surestart Centres, although relatively small in size, really do show the benefits on close consultation with both our clients and the end users to ensure we understand exactly what is required of the building and can then come back with a design that exceeds their expectations. The consultation carries on right through the construction period so that we can produce exactly what is wanted - it’s a long process but it’s our way of delivery.’


Project data

Architects: Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK)
Location:  Bede Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Type Of Project: Newbuild Sure Start Childrens Centre
Structural Engineers:    Dayes Kenyon Associates
Project Architect: Stuart Franklin
Design Team: Durham County Council
Client: Durham County Sure Start
Funding: Sure Start – Phase 3 Government Funding
Tender date: June 2010
Start on site date: 27th Sept 2010
Contract duration: 34 weeks
Form of contract: SBC ‘05
Total cost: £540,000
M&e consultant: Durham County Council – Alastair Cameron
Quantity surveyor: Durham County Council – Alistair Kerr & Ken Lavan (Taylor & Townsend)
Planning supervisor: N/A

Main contractor: Interserve

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