At St Quintin Centre, an existing nursery was remodelled to additionally provide a crèche, community facilities, and a day care centre for disabled children. Livingston Eyre was involved from concept design stage through to completion.
The garden for the day care centre was designed to appeal to children of all ages and abilities. The concept was based around a sensory garden, with areas devoted to each of the five senses. Features included scented, textural and edible planting, musical instruments, and a fence containing tactile panels that can be changed by the user.
The nursery garden contains willow tunnels and digging areas, as well as a new play tower. The nursery and day care centre share raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables.
An internal courtyard, viewed from reception, is furnished with luxuriant tropical-style planting and a large stone ‘dinosaur egg’.
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–with: Architype Architects for: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea status: completed 2010