Hoyle Early Years Centre

DSDHA, Bury, Lancashire, 2004


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Illuminated canopy for play and outdoor functions 

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  • Illuminated canopy for play and outdoor functions    
  • Balancing security and welcome    
  • Reception area, large enough to be a teaching space. Small court to the right    
  • New wet area at the north end of the 3-5 years room. Light fittings are recessed into ceilings, leaving only tubes projecting    
  • Baby room at south end of building, with child-height window onto garden to the east    
  • Room for 3-5 with calm colour palette, organised to provide educational structure. Courtyard to right    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Street elevation and detailed sections    
  • Detail of stone wall and steel mesh screens    

Competition-winning refurbishment to neighbourhood nursery in Bury, Lancashire

In principle the organisation of this 410 m2 building is straightforward. The building’s front faces west. To the north of the entrance is staff space. To its south is the two-threes playroom and next to it, through a folding partition, the parent/training room. Farthest south is the baby area.

The project has created a new street frontage, raised the roof 800mm above the existing walls with clerestory windows to create spaces with daylight and centred the building around a small open aired courtyard garden.

To the east, the three to fives playroom occupies much the same area it did before, as part of the old plan but the new refurbishment meant better daylighting and views, and a route out through the new library/reading area to improved outdoor play spaces.

The outdoor canopy is translucent polycarbonate that can be illuminated for evening use. Overall, the straightforward plan zoning provides some flexibility for coping with the changes in educational agenda.


  • Begun: Jan 2003
  • Completed: Nov 2004
  • Floor area: 410m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £690,000
  • Tender date: Dec 2002
  • Procurement: IFC/2 Stage Tender
  • Address: Chesham Fold Road, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 6HR, United Kingdom

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