Client: Heantun Care Housing Association
Howl Associates were commissioned to design a replacement 62 place children’s nursery in Oxley, Wolverhampton, to allow our client to continue to provide high quality childcare in Oxley, whilst also working in conjunction with local schools and the Local Authority to support children with special needs.
The building comprises a series of linked ‘pavilions’, with spine and cross walls creating open plan activity areas looking out over the external play and garden spaces.
A key design objective has been to allow children easy access between the inside and outside play areas, which is achieved using glazed doors and screens, an arrangement that also provides good surveillance of the play areas. The deep overhanging roofs serve to control glare, and to create sheltered play spaces adjacent to the building so activities can continue outside even during inclement weather.