Financial close achieved for Port Glasgow early years centre
Work is set to start next month on a £2.4 million extension to the Rainbow Family Centre (Park Farm) in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde.
The new Park Farm facility is being developed by hub West Scotland, who has worked in partnership with Inverclyde Council delivering multiple educational facilities. It will be connected to the existing Rainbow Family Centre with both buildings operating as one facility upon completion. The centre will remain open during the construction work which will be performed by CCG.
The extension, design by architects Holmes Miller, is part of a major expansion programme which has seen the amount of free early learning and childcare provided to all three and four-year-olds – as well as two-year-olds whose parents are on benefits or a low income – virtually double from 600 hours a year to 1,140 hours in the local authority area.
Councillor Jim Clocherty, convener of Inverclyde Council’s education & communities committee, said: “Making sure that every parent, child and carer in Inverclyde has easy access to high quality, early learning and childcare is vital and this project plays a key part in achieving that goal.
“This kind of positive start sets children up for life. It equips them with a level of confidence and skills that they will carry with them throughout their education. High-quality early learning is also vital for combating the damaging effects of poverty and closing the gap between, how well children from poorer families do at school, compared to those from better-off families.”
Iain Marley, CEO, hub West Scotland, said: “We are delighted to continue our fantastic relationship with Inverclyde Council and deliver facilities that add to the Council’s impressive portfolio of high-quality learning environments. The design of the extension to the Rainbow Centre communicates well with the architecture of the existing facility, protects the public realm and minimises the impact of construction operations on the existing facility and surrounding neighbourhood.”
CCG managing director, David Wylie, added: “CCG is proud to have worked alongside Inverclyde Council and hub West Scotland since 2017, supporting the creation of various, high-quality education facilities across the region including Glenpark Early Learning Centre and St Ninian’s Primary School. Reaching financial close for Park Farm is another significant step in the council’s ambitious improvement programme and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them and hub West upon the commencement of works this September.”