Nursery and Early Years

Lytle Associates have considerable experience of the design of nursery, kindergarten and early years facilities, both for schools and private nursery providers.

Our working knowledge of the design guides and specification standards of national nursery providers informs our design process for bespoke school nurseries, while our breadth of experience can add value to the standard nursery blueprint.

We have advised on the production of business plans to support the setting up of new nursery provision in existing prep schools and can prepare quick feasibility studies to review options and assist budget forecasts.

We understand all the regulations, guidance and safety standards as a matter of course, but also believe in creating spaces which are child scaled, inspirational and fun.

Completed projects include:

  • The Oratory Prep School Early Years building
  • Cranmore School nursery
  • University of Surrey nursery
  • Clapham village nursery
  • Kindergarten, Rowan Preparatory School
  • Early Years building, Ripley Court School

Clapham Village Nursery, Bromells Road

Clapham Village nursery and preschool is one of Lytle Associates latest commissions from Bright Horizons nursery operators.
The flagship building next to Clapham Common involved complete remodelling and redevelopment of a derelict warehouse building to create a nursery and family centre for children from 6 months to 5 years old.

The refurbished building provides home base playrooms for children in each age group, along with studio space for art, drama, music and science. The nursery includes a bespoke children’s cookery room.

For parents the ‘Parent Hub’ provides a lounge, hot desk computer suite and take away meal facility.

Outside space is carefully landscaped to provide an attractive environment for play, sport and gardening.

The building was designed to BREEAM ‘excellent’ environmental standards, including sustainable natural ventilation with roof top wind catchers. A contemporary elevation of the timber cladding and coloured panels creates an informal and playful feel, whilst the natural interiors offer a blank canvas for the children’s activities. Low windowsills and under floor heating ensure all spaces are all extremely child friendly.

The Oratory Preparatory School

The Oratory Preparatory School is a prestigious independent school occupying an extensive campus in south Oxfordshire. We have acted as retained school architects since 2001.

We have undertaken many projects at the school, with the largest being the design and construction of a new early years department and new build headmaster’s house.

We have also undertaken a number of other projects including:
– Whole school masterplanning
– Boarding house refurbishment
– Dining Hall refurbishment
– Main entrance refurbishment
– New maintenance department
– Car park works

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