15 Apr 2015

Buckingham Opportunities Centre Officially Opens

The new Buckingham Opportunities Centre was officially opened by Councillor Patricia Birchley last week. It forms part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s new model of care, which consolidates their day services provision for young adults with a variety of disabilities, older people with health problems, and also those with dementia.

The Buckingham Opportunity Centre saw the refurbishment of a Victorian school house to provide five large activity rooms where users can learn and be active in various tasks and creative pursuits. The new scheme provides additional sensory and clinical rooms using a ‘pod’ design to make the most of the large spaces and high ceilings. The design incorporates a new reception area and provides accessible and secure external spaces, including a riverside garden. 

This is the second opportunities centre design by ADP for Buckinghamshire County Council. We also recently completed the third centre for the council, the Chesham Opportunities Centre. This new two storey scheme located on steep site in Chesham makes the most of the topography, offering views across the valley from each of the fully glazed activity rooms and secure adjoining external terraces. 

Councillor Patricia Birchley said: "With Aylesbury Opportunities Centre opening last year, this is the second centre as part of our day opportunities programme, which is providing newly-built or refurbished centres across Buckinghamshire, so that older people and adults with learning disabilities and autism can enjoy a wonderful environment, offering inspiring opportunities that can really make a difference to their daily lives."     

The image above shows the Juliet Ratnage School of Performing Arts dancing at the opening day. The school had a long previous connection with the centre before its refurbishment and now holds a class in the newly-refurbished building.