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New children’s centre building ready to be installed

Date Published: 01 August 2017
Oakham Library

The building that will provide a new home for Visions Children’s Centre will arrive next week as work to relocate the service next to Oakham Library nears completion.

Work on a joint library and children’s centre project began at the start of the year, combining the much needed refurbishment of Oakham Library with the construction of a single story extension to provide a new home for Visions Children’s Centre, which is currently located at Catmose College.

With work on the library building nearing completion, foundations for the new extension have been laid and delivery of the preconstructed building that will house Vison’s services will be craned into place over two days from 8th to 9th August.

“This is a big moment for the project and marks the point at which the new library and children’s centre building will really start to take shape. The installation process will take two days to complete and may cause some minor delays to traffic around the library, as sections of the new building are delivered and slotted into place. We’re working closely with our contractors to minimise any disruption and will complete the work as quickly as possible.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Culture

No road closures or diversions will be put in place around the library as a result of the installation and marshals will be on hand to provide careful traffic management throughout. Access to Bull Lane will also be maintained for residents.

The refurbishment of the main Oakham Library building is due to be completed in September, followed by the Children’s Centre building in October.

“Co-location of the Library and Children’s Centre facilities ensures that both of these vital services can be delivered effectively and sustainably long into the future. It also means enhanced services and better facilities for children, families and library users – creating more usable space in the main library building and improving access to education, employment and well-being services for parents and carers of young children.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Culture

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