The time has finally come for renovations on The St Martin’s Learning Centre to begin! This has been a long time coming for High Trees, after 22 years based in the old library with no major repairs or updates, the building has fallen into a state of disrepair.
The refurbishment, due to be completed in May 2022, will transform our centre and the way our community services run allowing us to support more local residents than ever before. The new building will include major updates to our education training rooms, two specialist employment support pods and an internet café open for community use.
Throughout the project, Zac Monroe Architects have been working with High Trees to understand our services and design a centre that will allow our organisation to continue to grow and develop. We have been consulting with Caldera Construction, who are beginning work on the St Martin’s Learning Centre this week. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our funders; Badur Foundation, Power to Change, Garfield Weston, Lambeth Council and SIB, without whom these renovations wouldn’t be possible.
During the refurbishment, all our services will continue to run as normal in venues across Tulse Hill. Our Adventure Playground will remain open for after-school, Saturday, and school holiday sessions as usual and will also continue to host our ESOL classes. Adult Education courses are now based on the Community Education and Training Hub, just up the road from the Adventure Playground and our Employment and Careers support services are operating out of the Scout’s Hut. The walkway directly outside of the main centre’s doors will be closed for the duration of the renovation work, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
This is a monumental event for High Trees, and we look forward to sharing the journey with all our supporters and service users. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates.