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A CHILDREN'S Centre built with more than one million Lego bricks opened last Friday, the first of its type in the country.
Cowley St Laurence Children's Centre, in Worcester Road, Cowley, can also lay claim to being the largest inhabited Lego structure in the world.
The centre has a unique design using the popular toy blocks; experts from Legoland helped with both the design and the construction, which began last year. At the time, the Gazette appealed for volunteers to lay some of the 1.2million Lego bricks.
It is the 11th children's centre to open in the borough of Hillingdon.
A wide range of services is on offer to families at Cowley St Laurence, including baby clinics, financial and debt advice and parenting support.
Councillor David Simmonds, cabinet member for education and children's services, said: "The borough's latest children's centre is unique, not only because it is made out of Lego, but the children have also been involved in the creative design of the building.
"It is a wonderful start for this new centre, which will provide such important support for families."
The building was designed by What Architecture, which hopes to set a Guinness World Record for the number of plastic interlocking bricks used in a single building.
Guy Bagley, Legoland Windsor's chief model maker, said: "This has been a fantastic project to get involved in.
"The children's centre looks amazing and the enthusiasm of everyone involved really shines through in the end result."