Ann Taylor

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Client: The Learning Trust

Construction Value: £1,200,000

Completion: Summer 2006

The Ann Tayler Children's Centre is a Trailblazer project for the Sure Start programme in East London. Cazenove has designed a new landmark for central Hackney, extending the existing community centre at the front so that the building is brought to the pavement line of the site to create a dynamic and welcoming street presence.

Internally the building will be replanned to address the environmental and circulatory problems that have made the centre problematic. A new community kitchen and café will be at the heart of the centre, overlooking and spilling out onto a courtyard garden. New community training and therapy rooms are positioned around the heart of the new centre, while most of the existing building will be converted to a 96 place full day care nursery, with associated crèche and drop in activities. The project was completed in summer 2006 and is funded by the Sure Start local programme and the Children's centre.