High Commendation/ Rooftop Nursery, London E5
Commissioning authority: The Learning Trust
Principal designer: WHAT Architecture
Principal contractor: Sandwood Construction
The Rooftop Nursery in Hackney, east London, is part of a publicly funded initiative which provides affordable childcare that helps mothers return to work.
The £330,000 scheme maximises its small plot by using the open roof as a classroom, which provides additional security benefits, and brings together good design with low-cost materials. The new facility has not only provided a much-needed service for the local community, but it is also hoped it will act as a stimulant for regeneration.
The scheme has delivered a high-quality building that is not only a fantastic space for the nursery’s children and
staff, but has also brought huge benefit to an underprivileged area.