Kids need to grow, and so do we.
The population in our region is BOOMING.
We are thrilled to welcome so many new families into Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. As demand for our services and supports GROWS, so does our need to GROW in response.
It is time to build a NEW Lansdowne Children's Centre.
The current wait list for services at Lansdowne Children’s Centre exceeds 2,000 children, nearly double the volume since pre-pandemic 2019.
We have no more room to compromise.
The analysis in 2020 reported that the current Lansdowne space-needs are nearly triple the amount
of space available in our 57-year old building.
With our new facility we can address serious limitations. We can:
Provide adequate on-site parking for all our families and staff;
Offer improved accessibility at ground level and reach new heights in a multi-storey design.
Reduce travel time for families by hosting more services, including sensory environment and swimming;
Reduce wait time and welcome even more clients and their families to our expanded assessment and treatment facilities;
Invite more staff to work at Lansdowne in expanded, open concept work stations;
Host group meetings, community events and recreation programs in our expanded meeting rooms and playground.
We can offer an equitable, better quality environment and experience for the kids.
Together we can impact change in the lives of many families in our community in pursuit of our mission, to support infants, children and youth with physical, developmental or communication needs, and their families, and our vision, realizing the optimal potential for infants, children and youth.
Dream Board | Architect Concept Art
Spacious, open concept areas for connectivity, with access to daylight.
Outdoor recreation areas designed with enhanced sensory environments.
Spaces that are calming and comfortable.
Dedicated treatment and assessment areas, designed for program delivery.
Universally accessible washrooms.
Spaces for individual and group play.
Enhanced sensory environments for client therapy and recreation.
Accessible recreation areas including an indoor swimming pool.
Spaces to meet and work.
A New Lansdowne, A Community Effort
The preparation for the new-build Lansdowne proposal included a full day visioning workshop to establish a direction for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Children's Centre. Hosted in December 2019 with Montgomery Sisam Architects, over 100 Lansdowne staff and community members, including the Mayors of Brant County, the City of Brantford and other City staff, came and offered their opinions on the test plans and the visioning boards. Each participant was also provided with three Red Dots that they could place on any portion of a given panel to anonymously indicate a preference.
Of the Visioning Boards presented, the most dialogue centered around the Sensory Environment of the building as well as the different Open Office solutions for staff workspace. Feedback was universal in stating that the building should be as non-institutional as possible and that the environment should be engaging to the full age range of the clients who will use the building.