The scheme comprises a new 64 place day nursery built at Abbotswood on the outskirts of Romsey. The Practice was commissioned to take the planning drawings, which were prepared by others as part of their design for the new local centre, through to completion.
The building layout was based upon the recently completed Fair Oak Nursery, with Baby Rooms and staff facilities to the first floor, with the remaining classrooms leading out into an enclosed play space on the ground together with the reception office and kitchen.
The differentiating factor with this nursery is that it has a Baby Garden cut into the pitched roofs above the ground floor. This offers a highly secure environment for the babies to explore and utilises otherwise dead space.
The classrooms leading to the garden benefit from a pergola to enable the outside space to be used even in wet weather.
The building is primarily brick clad with a projecting gable feature to the roadside, highlighted in horizontal cladding, which is similar to features employed on the adjacent buildings.
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