East Cowes Children’s Centre

ERMC architects and surveyors on the Isle of Wight were instructed to collaborate on a 'Sure Start' Children's Centre set on a site to the rear of Osborne Middle School; with facilities for family learning and training.

As the work of the Centre is to support children and their families to achieve a positive future the design reflects this optimism with contemporary lines, clean white render sitting atop of a low but well defined brick plinth visually grounding the building on a secure foundation.

The importance of energy efficiency, natural lighting and ventilation were keen design considerations and led to the use of underfloor heating fed by a very efficient air source heat pump and 3 large roof lights were included over the internal circulation corridor to provide both excellent levels of natural light and fresh air/ventilation.

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