Auden Place Nursery

Square Feet Architects, London, 2010


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Auden Place rooftop terrace 

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Creation of a roof top play space and mezzanine level in community nursery to provide additional learning and play space

The nursery has operated from the building, built as the estate’s community centre, since 1976, offering childcare to 46 six-month to five-year old children, and is a registered charity. All of the children and parents are shareholders in contributing to the ongoing improvements and success of the quality of the childcare provision and education.

The nursery has two main rooms, under two-year olds downstairs, and the older children in a first floor double height space. The sole outside playspace was limited to a small yard accessed through the toddlers room
he idea of creating a rooftop playspace was conceived along with making additional space as a mezzanine within the upper room. A striped coloured glass construction was designed to provide a bridge to the new mezzanine, and house a new stair to the rooftop playspace .

Apart from these valuable additional spaces the whole building was upgraded to improve access and fire protection. Existing teaching spaces, staff rooms and toilets were refurbished and the entrance area reconfigured.


  • Begun: Jul 2010
  • Completed: Sep 2010
  • Floor area: 257m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £247,000
  • Funding: Part Department of Education’s Quality and Access Fund for all Young Children and part community contribution
  • Tender date: Apr 2010
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works With Contractors Design
  • Address: Auden Place Nursery, 1 Auden Place, Manley Street, London, NW1 8LT, United Kingdom

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