- Project Type: Education
- Client: Fennies Day Nurseries
- Status: Completed
- Location: London
This day nursery for 80 children was creatively retrofitted into an existing commercial building requiring a complete refurbishment internally and externally and a large rear extension.
The existing building, which over its lifetime has been used as a car workshop, photography studio and art college, was radically transformed to provide a high quality nursery over two levels and two residential units on the third level served by a dedicated, private entrance. Central to the Fennies ethos, large, bright nursery spaces are connected physically and visually to the garden.
Adding value on a constrained site
The existing main building had small windows and narrow, dark rooms. By completely reconfiguring the internal layout and replacing the small windows with large areas of glazing, we created a series of large, bright nursery spaces.
The facades have been completely transformed with contemporary white bricks in a vertical stack bond pattern and grey pressed aluminium cladding.
We were able to maximise the potential of the site by adding two privately accessed residential units above the nursery; recessed balconies with large sliding doors provide private covered amenity space for each unit.