summerfields nursery

Summerfields nursery which caters for babies and children aged from three months to four years, is one of the first purpose-designed children’s centres in the UK.

In order to ‘fascinate’ the children, the architecture is deliberately playful-where young children (and their parents) experience an environment which is light-hearted and distracting in its own right, they would be more willing to participate in the life of the institution. But both client and architect were adamant that this did not mean overtly childish forms. Instead, the environment should be ordered and legible, particularly for the pre-literate users, while still being light and engaging.

team

Client
kids unlimited

Structural Engineer
Blackwood Structural Design

Quantity Surveyor
Simon Fenton Partnership

Services Engineer
John Troughear Associates

Planning Supervisor
Mike Parkes

awards

Civic Trust Awards 1999
Commendation

RIBA Award 1999

MSA Design Awards 1999
Winner - Community Project