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New children's centre and police base unveiled

New children's centre and police base unveiled

Youngsters from Turnford and Wormley are set to benefit from the best start to life following the opening of a brand new children’s centre.

Staff, children and visitors to High Trees Children’s Centre at Hertford Regional College, near Broxbourne, celebrated completion of the new building, built by Morgan Sindall, at an open morning held recently.

Morgan Sindall constructed the £1.5 million Sure Start Children’s Centre along with a new police base for officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Wormley and Turnford Safer Neighbourhood Team.

“We are delighted to see children, parents and centre staff enjoying the new facilities,” says John Hatton, Morgan Sindall site manager. “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this project to provide a children’s centre that we hope will benefit children and their families for many years to come.”

The new children’s centre will operate a range of services for children up to the age of five and their families as well as Squirrels Day Nursery, a community room and crèche facilities. Services include family support and education, training and employment advice, health clinics, a toy library and a small meeting room.

The new single-storey building comprises polished blockwork and natural ventilation to reduce its carbon footprint. It further boasts kitchen facilities, quiet areas, a large outdoor play area and indoor soft play room.

The police base, which will enable officers to work at the heart of their beat and respond to incidents and residents’ concerns more effectively, is not open to members of the public but will be used for police surgery meetings and in due course as a place where residents will be able to get crime prevention advice.