During 2007, HLP supported the registered charity STEPS and their patron, Rosemary Conley CBE, in the refurbishment of their building, St. Botolph’s Old School, Shepshed. The charity helps children with cerebral palsy and similar motor neuron dysfunctions, and supports their families through the use of conductive education and learning. HLP worked with the school to plan a series of alterations, a small extension to the property and landscaping works.
The works were split into 2 phases with Phase 1 involving refurbishment of the hall, removal of toilets to form a kitchen, refurbishment of storage to form a meeting room and a life skills room. The new extension provides a point of arrival in the form of a main entrance/reception and new toilets. Phase 2, completed later in the year, provided a sensory garden and the refurbishment of the school rooms.
A significant number of local businesses donated materials and their services to make the project possible, with the progress of the build documented by ITV Central. The outcome of Steps fund-raising efforts meant that the final value of the donated works totalled almost £365,000.
As well as providing architectural services, HLP also provided landscaping design services. The sensory garden is designed to encourage interaction and includes a water feature which creates the sound of the water pouring and splashing filling the space, a series of planters at various heights to allow interaction through touch, smell and (potentially) taste; pathways which double as a giant board game, seats and handrails with differing textures, wind chimes hanging in the trees and ‘butterfly’ sculpture.