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The Salvation Army Hadleigh Training Centre

Castle Point

Project Details

£1m to £1.99M

Alteration to existing property, Sited in AONB


Ayshford Sansome

6 Riverside House , Lower Southend Road , WICKFORD , Essex , SS11 8BB

This, our first appointment for The salvation Army in 2006, is for a site to the North of Hadleigh Castle Ancient Monument & Country Park in Essex and set within largely open farmland, marshes or Downland, owned by The Salvation Army and is designated as part of a Special Landscape Area in the Castle Point Borough Council adopted local plan. The project comprises an existing building dating from the early 1920?s and an area alongside to the East. This was once the site of a Citadel building that has since been demolished. The building is used as a training centre for young people with learning difficulties; its purpose to provide opportunities for young people to learn a range of skills, including interpersonal skills. There is a coffee shop and tea room that forms an integral part of the Centre which is staffed largely by the students themselves. The project included the erection of a new building containing a new, larger, coffee shop/tea room, student's dining room, kitchen, toilets and a new multi-purpose space to display information about the Castle and the Downs; as well as the Salvation Army and its mission at the Training Centre. Goods from the farm and those made in the workshop are also displayed for sale in the tea room. Designed as a multi-purpose space it may also be used for meetings/presentations in connection with the Training Centre. In addition to the new building, space within the existing building was reorganised as part of the project to accommodate a larger carpentry workshop, multi-purpose training room, Employment Development office, Centre Managers office, I.T. training room., Chaplains room and improved toilets with space for locker facilities. The new building is arranged to follow the siting and footprint of a previously approved scheme. However by re-organising new and existing facilities and separating those uses and entrances that are accessible to the public, this proposal improves the security afforded to the students. Nearly all of the re-organising of the layout is derived from this aim. The earlier scheme centred on the idea that there would be a single entrance for both students and public, which is, in fact, highly undesirable. Since completing this, we have enjoyed working continuously with The Salvation Army on projects in Chatham, Letchworth, Grays, Harlow, Hastings, Rayleigh, Felixstowe, Colchester and Leigh-On-Sea..