Broom Cottages Primary in Ferryhill was presented with a challenge: How to expand Early Years provision and take on 13 additional nursery children on a declining capital budget. A decision was made to accommodate the additional requirements by completely re-organising the internal layout, taking down walls, installing new toilets and widening existing corridors so they would become play and teaching spaces. In addition the inside was to be opened up to allow for the new outdoor play area protected by a translucent canopy to seamlessly connect to the inside and the main entrance to be re-designed. The opening up of internal walls to create better visual connections was an important objective to enable existing staff to manage additional pupils.
Head teacher Sean Kavanagh says: "We had never done anything like this before, so whilst we had ideas of what we wanted, we needed inspiration but also advice on building matters. As a small architectural practice, Kiosk were great in giving this project their full attention right the way through, from the first sketches to snagging of the fittings. I felt that their professional and personal approach gave us the right level of control and involvement."