Now that’s fast track! Four weeks, a facelift, and a state-of-the-art Stevenage nursery is born...

Conamar finance director Paul Dower hands over the keys to the new building to Tracks Autism patron

Conamar finance director Paul Dower hands over the keys to the new building to Tracks Autism patron Marina Hobson, Chairman Mervyn Terrett and others involved in the project - Credit: Archant

In just four weeks a disused Stevenage office has been transformed into a state-of-the-art nursery for autistic children.

The outside play area

The outside play area - Credit: Archant

TRACKS autism is an independent charity which supports children with the learning disability and related conditions.

It relies on donations to operate and successfully raised £376,000 to buy and renovate a disused office block in Boulton Road.

TRACKS chairman Mervyn Terrett accepted the keys on Monday for the building, which was renovated by Stevenage-based Herts Business Award winners Conamar Building Services, and hopes to have it in use by early January.

He said the new building has a lot more space and is much better equipped to support the children’s complex needs than the current nursery in Mobbsbury Way. He added: “I have no doubt that it will be the finest autism centre in the country. It has bigger plays areas, a wet room and a wet play area.

The specially adapted toilet

The specially adapted toilet - Credit: Archant


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“Outside there is a figure of eight race track and we will have a large sandpit and a shed for them to put all their toys in. It also has a room where children’s families can sleep or chat with other parents who also find themselves in similar situations.”

The centre operates on a one-to-one basis, much higher than normal nurseries, and Mervyn believes that despite its high cost it enables autistic children to integrate better into society.

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He added: “It is proven that early intervention works. The support they get here can help them adapt and move into mainstream schools.” For more visit www.tracks-autism.org.uk.

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