Eaton Socon Pre-school has twice achieved Outstanding from Ofsted. Its fantastic reputation in the local community highlights the dedication and commitment of the staff to the children who attend.

We were initially approached to undertake a feasibility study for a small building to accommodate an additional 50 children. However, after careful consideration and review by the pre-school committee the brief developed into forming a new larger building to accommodate 100 children.

We created almost thirty different conceptual designs for the pre-school committee and staff to choose from.  These feasibility studies formed a strategy for the site and the building as a whole. This enabled us to undertake a pre-application submission with the planning department that gave us useful feedback to develop the scheme further and ensure the design befits the surrounding area.

The current pre-school is formed of two temporary porta-cabins located at the rear of the site.  The location of the new build has been determined by the requirement for the pre-school to continue to operate whilst the new building is being constructed.  As the new building will be situated on a busy residential street, the roof design and street façade will become more prominent and vitally important in ensuring the pre-school engages with the community.

The black timber boarding and black rubber roof act as a background for the splashes of colour on the exterior and the fenestration to punch through and engage with the surroundings. The interior of the open courtyard is a direct contrast with a white background that will allow the splashes of colour and dappled light under the canopy to add an element of playfulness to this sanctuary.

The original site of the cabins will then be turned into a forest of trees with humps and bumps for the children to enjoy and engage with nature in a fun manner.

The building is now complete but the final landscaping will be completed during summer holidays of 2018. We will keep you posted and will of course be updating the images of the building and site once fully completed.

In the meantime, we approached Maciek Platek (a local St Neots and national photographer) to undertake some initial aerial pictures of the scheme as a mid process shot – see the attached images. We think it is beginning to take shape and looks really great! Roll on the summer!!