Angram Bank Children’s centre is part of the government’s Sure Start initiative to give support to families with
children under the age of five. The children’s centre has been built on the grounds of Angram bank primary
school and provides a day nursery and adult learning facility. The new building has been constructed into a
steep bank and carefully planned to maximise sunlight and incorporate sustainable features such as the lawn,
wildflower and sedum roof.
Contractors Kier Sheffield were awarded a commendation in the SCALA Design & Quality of Construction
Awards in 2009 for the project.
The enclosed embankment into which the children’s centre is built opens up at the top into a flat lawned roof
top play area. The grassed area is enhanced by the presence of wildflower boarders and sedum areas to
As well as reducing the environmental impacts of the new building and increasing its life expectancy, the green
roof provides a useful outside space in which to educate children.
The building itself aims to incorporate sustainable low maintenance material and the green roof, embankment
sides and beco block insulated concrete retaining walls contribute to high levels of insulation.
Roof Type: Intensive Lawn / Extensive Wildflower and Sedum
Roof Size: 300m²
Main Contractor: Kier Sheffield
Architect: Sheffield Design and Planning Managment
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