In the early 90’s the ‘Challenge Anneka’ TV cameras rolled up with a full team to build a new centre for Leeds Mencap… 23 years later Leeds Mencap invited Annika Rice to come back and see their exciting new centre constructed by Integra Buildings…
Our experience of working with Integra on the Vinery Centre has been wholly positive. From the tender stage they established open communication and were able to see our vision and demonstrate the could meet our needs. They understood our motivation to create space that could transform the local area and enable us to develop our services to support people with learning disabilities – and they also understood our cost and time constraints. They worked hard with us to overcome hurdles with a pragmatic problem-solving approach. They were responsive and built productive relationships with our full time Project Manager, our team of professionals and our Project Board. Quite simply we wouldn’t have been able to create what is now a thriving community nursery, a community centre growing in the variety of groups using it and a bright, exciting fun place for children and young people with learning disabilities without them. The speed with which the building has become what we believed it could be is amazing. The building space is so right for Leeds Mencap and this area of Leeds and Integra were the perfect partner to work with to create it. We hope they are as proud as we are of the transformation that they have helped us to achieve.
Having outgrown their current premises, Leeds Mencap required a new, larger, fully-accessible building. Integra Buildings undertook the task to design, manufacture and install this incredibly important building for Leeds Mencap and the wider community.
This project involved careful consideration as the building was vital for the client, stakeholders and wider community. The implementation of accessible WC’s and a changing room WC with hoist equipment all designed with the users in mind. To one end of the building, an area that offered its own entrance, a parents room and family support area close to the entrance to avoid a range of corridors making the rooms easy to find and separate from the rest of the building taking advantage of the L-Shape design, this area also included a therapy room, playroom with direct access to a secure area outside and a ‘breakout’ room inside. The building also incorporated a number of activity rooms, offices and meeting rooms we installed folding partitions to a number of rooms to allow flexibility in usage, the building also incorporated a Nursery and Soft Play area.
- To design and build an inclusive new centre
- Create a space for people with learning disabilities from the whole of Leeds
- Include an area for Community Groups and a Nursery incl a soft play area
- An L-Shaped Building was manufactured measuring 55m x 46m overall
- With a sensory suite for children and adults big enough for group sessions
- Create a specialist toilet with hoists and changing table