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COUNCIL WINS CONTRACT TO BUILD CHILDREN'S CENTRE

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The contract to build Peterborough's latest children's centre has been awarded to Peterborough City Council after s...
The contract to build Peterborough's latest children's centre has been awarded to Peterborough City Council after successfully tendering for the work.

Contract services at the city council beat off stiff competition to be awarded the job to build the proposed children's centre at Caverstede Early Years Centre, Caverstede Road, Paston. The Sure Start facility will incorporate a kitchen, dining and multi-use room, and ancillary rooms, at a cost of about£250,000.

Stephen Goldspink, cabinet member for property services, said: 'This is excellent news and testament to the quality and expertise contract services can bring to this project. Tenders were invited from five contractors from the city council's select list and contract services represented the best value to the council.

'Investment such as this into children's centres provides vital facilities to families and this is just the latest in a long line of Sure Start schemes for Peterborough. I am thrilled we are in a position where we can provide the people of Peterborough with the services they deserve.'

Property Services worked closely with both children's services and Caverstede Early Years Centre to firstly produce a feasibility study for the school. It then produced sketches of the scheme before preparing detailed design drawings for the project. Having also worked out the cost of the scheme, the team will now manage work on the site ensuring the project is delivered in a timely and cost effective fashion.

David Sanders, cabinet member for contract services, added: 'I am delighted we have been awarded this contract and see it as yet another example of the high standards we set ourselves. Contract services should be justly proud of this latest achievement.'

Peterborough City Council was awarded more than£3m of government cash to help set up more children's centres in the city last year. The aim of Sure Start is to work with parents and their children to promote the physical, intellectual and social development of babies and young children. It is particularly aimed at those who are disadvantaged so that they can flourish at home and when they get to school.

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