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Lavender Sure Start & Children's Centre Landscape

This neighbourhood nursery and community facility was designed for the London Borough of Merton.  Conceived as a 'pavilion in the park', the building sits within a grove of trees forming part of the wider landscape setting, which includes open playing fields, playground and allotments.  The nursery facilities for children and their parents are provided in flexible accommodation that also meets local community needs.  A café functions as a hub for access to the building's internal and external amenities.

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The modular design allowed for off-site fabrication and speedy site assembly.  It uses sustainably sourced building materials and is environmentally responsive through its aspect and orientation, which optimises daylight penetration and natural ventilation, within an overall strategy that unifies building and landscape.
The landscape has been designed on an extremely tight budget which required creative thinking such as keeping material on-site and using it to create playing mounds within the park.
The project is part of the Government’s Sure Start programme: improving health, ability to learn, social and emotional development, and strengthening families and communities.  The building operates as a focal point within an attractive parkland setting, stimulating local regeneration and creating a strong identity through its architecture.
  • Sector

    Schools, Landscape + Public Realm

  • Location

    Tamworth, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    London Borough of Merton

  • Size

    900 sqm

  • Cost

    £1.5 million

  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect, Landscape Architect and Planning Supervisor
    Arup, Multi-disciplinary Engineer
    Boyden & Company, Cost Consultant
    Durkan Pudelek, Main Contractor

  • Status

    Completed 2006

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