The Tooley & Foster Partnership have designed a new Early Years Centre for Sure Start, linked to the existing Gascoigne Primary School in Barking.
Special attention was given to joining the new and old buildings together without reducing natural light to the existing school. It was also very important to maintain a visual link from the nursery rooms to the outside play spaces, hence the requirement for large glazed areas.
The building accommodates three nursery areas, a courtyard and multi-purpose rooms, as well as office and ancillary facilities, within a framework of simple forms, bold colours and modern materials.
The Centre will provide services for children aged 0-4 years and their parents.