£3 million build project for Grantham children’s centre

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A residential home for severely disabled children will be demolished and rebuilt if plans are approved.

Parts of The Beacon Children’s Centre, in Sandon Close, Grantham, are currently closed off as they are in a poor condition, meaning only seven children can be housed there.

If plans being submitted by Lincolnshire County Council are successful, a £3 million, purpose-built centre will house 15 children and will include new facilities and teaching areas which would also be used by the neighbouring Sandon School.

Parents and neighbours of the site were invited to see the plans and talk to the team behind the redevelopment on Tuesday afternoon.

Answering questions was the county council’s senior project manager Anna-Maria Edwards. She said: “It’s about future-proofing the centre and ensuring it will be fit for purpose for the types of children coming through, the types of children we’re seeing more frequently.”

The Beacon, built in the mid-1960s, is the only county council-run residential home for vulnerable children in Lincolnshire and it caters largely for children with prolific disablities.

An application for the redevelopment has been submitted to county council planners but has yet to go before the planning committee.

If the plans are approved, work will begin in spring-time next year, one phase at a time so that resident children can remain living in the current building.

The project is expected to take up to 15 months to complete.