Byron Sure Start. Croydon.

Client: LB Croydon
Contract Value: £450,000
Completed: 2008

Byron Sure Start in Croydon provides a new 41 FTE childcare nursery with community facilities on the site of an existing primary school. In collaboration with the school and the Learning from Landscapes programme we investigated how the pre-existing rural landscape could be re-introduced. Despite sitting at the foothills of the Mendip Hills the school site was a neutralised suburban setting of level grass and tarmac. Features that combined eventful playscapes with increased bio-diversity were introduced, including undulating grass mounds, banks of seasonal flowers, wild meadow grasses and native mix hedgerows which defined the route from the road to the nursery.