On 31st July 2020, Duxford Primary School suffered a devastating fire, and the room used by the Preschool and DX Out of School club was completely destroyed, losing everything. The Local Authority were (and continue to be) amazing in their support and immediately formed a response team to find us alternative accommodation and to cover the costs of most items lost in the fire. Since October 2020, the Preschool has been operating from a mobile portacabin on the school site while the Local Authority gained planning permission for the rebuild. This was granted in March 2022, and over the Easter Break, contractors moved in to begin the programme of works. We have been working closely with a team of architects to design the new building that the Preschool will occupy, and we are very excited to share with you a 3-D walkthrough of the space which we hope gives you a good insight of what it will look like:
All being well, it is hoped that the new structure will be ready for occupation by Easter 2023. The new space will be double the size of the existing mobile unit, offering 100m2 of floor space for the children to enjoy, together with a dedicated laundry, kitchen, office, meeting room, ‘quiet room’ and huge outdoor space. It is extremely exciting to see the ideas come together, and the new space offers a lot of opportunity for the Preschool. Whilst the current mobile unit is occupied with a licence granting the use of the space between certain hours only, the new building is likely to be offered on a leasehold basis which means that the Preschool will have the ability to extend our opening hours and number of weeks that we’re open a year. As you know, Duxford does not offer any year-round provision for early years aged children, so it would be fantastic to be able to offer this facility to the local community – watch this space!
If you want to keep up to date with the rebuild of both the School and Preschool, then you should check out the following website which has been put together by the developers, and which will be updated with regular progress and monthly newsletters: