Learning Space

Striking new build learning space at Wicksteed park.

Name

Learning Space

Location

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Client

Wicksteed Charitable Trust

Construction Value

£170,000

Scale

New Build

Description

Part of the Historic Heart scheme involved the demolition of a mid C20 garage building immediately adjacent to the restored workers cottages. A new Learning Space was constructed in its place with the form of the building designed to reference the surrounding cottages, although it stands apart with its ‘top to toe’ covering of natural slate. The space includes a freestanding ‘pod’ which contains a kitchenette, vital storage space, a WC & a hidden sink for messy art activities. This arrangement de-clutters the space creating a large flexible area that can also expand outside via a set of bi-folding doors, with a level threshold ensuring easy access for all.

The Learning Space was nominated for a 2019 Architect’s Journal Award for ‘Project of the Year (under £250k).

Client Reaction

“I’m delighted that the architects who worked on our superb new Learning Space were shortlisted in the prestigious national AJ Architecture Awards. Lathams did an amazing job and to get to the final was a brilliant achievement.”

Oliver Wicksteed

Chairman of Wicksteed Park Charitable Trust