pH+ architects just unveiled plans to build an extension of The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP) – a new facility in the London Borough of Haringey which will provide an inclusive environment that stimulates the senses through sounds, smells, light and textures. The sprawling building will become a tool for nurturing young children through a variety of spaces that encourage movement. Perhaps the most exciting part of this concept is the building itself, which can be played like a giant xylophone.
The LCCCP’s previous house in Muswell Hill, built in the 1950s, became unable to accommodate the growing number of disabled children who, due to neo-natal brain injuries, suffer from one of the forms of cerebral palsy. The new extension will provide a wide range of new services and facilities that will transform the way charity works with children and the wider public.
The extension will feature a series of stimulating environments, ramps, external walkways, and therapeutic spaces, including a hydrotherapy pool, flexible-use therapy and meeting rooms, and a community space. A dedicated hub will allow parents and caregivers to access vital information and receive training courses on relevant issues.
The landscape, designed by BD Landscape Architects, will include gardens and different play areas meant to stimulate the senses. These include a woodland adventure garden, a sensory garden, a mud kitchen, growing gardens, a dragon mound and an amphitheater.
Jo Honigmann, Chief Executive LCCCP said: “The new Centre will be an vibrant and harmonious space, the perfect new home for expanding our services and life-changing work. Its fusion of science and nature complements the work of Conductive Education, where the body’s natural ability to learn is supported through specific, practical techniques. We are very grateful to Haringey Council andall our funders who have supported our capital appeal to-date.”