This project to extend and improve Wentworth Nursery as part of Hackney Learning Trust’s Children’s Centre portfolio was won in competitive interview. Accommodation of 16 additional places was required, with increased provision for extended days. The existing nursery was located in a 1930s residential block of 5 storeys. The completed project includes a new single-storey classroom space incorporating a new entrance and waiting area, relocates administrative spaces to improve supervision and security, reorders existing internal spaces and improves access throughout. The external envelope of the extension is a composition of coloured glazed brick on Cassland Road, with windows and coloured cladding panels above, visually separating the masonry from the ‘floating’ roof. Extensive consultation was undertaken with staff, parents, governors, and representatives from the Learning Trust, Sure Start, and a specialist consultant in childcare provision to develop the design.
Hackney Learning Trust for London Borough of Hackney
Completed June 2008