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Stephen Lawrence Prize shortlist: Montpelier Nursery by AY Architects

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AY Architects has been named among the finalists for this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize

The school takes the form of a pavilion opening on to a part-sheltered play area with a park beyond. The selection of materials is a key part of the scheme’s success.

The black-stained Siberian larch sits inconspicuously in the trees and contrasts with the whitewashed internal woodwork. All the details are well controlled, from exposed conduits to the selection of nursery furniture and material finishes. Simple decisions are made for an all-encompassing education experience: thoughtful pushchair stores and recessed entrances takes some of the madness out of drop-off and pick-up times; the door on to the park allows quiet surveillance and there is a seamless link to the outer play area and garden.

Read Sarah Wigglesworth on Montpelier Nursery (AJ 21.03.13)

Project data

Client Camden Community Nurseries
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Services engineer King Shaw Associates
Contractor Forest Gate Construction
Contract value £429,000
Date of completion April 2012
Gross internal area 136m²

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