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01 Jul

SDC, working in partnership with engineering consultancy Ramboll went full speed ahead to provide a brand new tortoise shaped structure for The Papworth Trust Day Centre in Cambridge.

The Papworth Trust day centre supports disabled adults to learn new skills, make friends and have fun. It offers the opportunity for people to gain important life and work skills, such as classes to help people manage their money, computer courses and cookery.

The centre has been undergoing some refurbishment and improvement to its facilities and it will soon also boast the new outdoor structure thanks to the generosity, skills and support of SDC and Ramboll.

SDC supplied plant, labour, ground works and provided all materials - all at no cost to disability charity The Papworth Trust.

The design uses an innovative hinged plywood canopy, with the form inspired by a tortoise shell, and a robust rock gabion seating base. The final design was chosen by the centre clients from a selection of schemes, and also features a colourful chalkboard painted interior, giving it a dynamic and interactive feel.

The Tortoise will be used as a relaxation area where people can sit and chat and as the venue for book club sessions.

Papworth Trust Fundraising Manager Annette Angell, said: "We are delighted that Ramboll and SDC have come together to support our centre in Cambridge - their expertise, commitment and support will help us to improve and expand the experience and services we provide to the people who go to the centre - it's not so much a case of DIY as DIO - do it for others."

The work took around three weeks, with volunteers committing their free time and CSR days to the project.


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