Improving a nursery's playground

Tue 10 September 2019, 1:34 pm

Developer Alumno are working on preliminary plans to revitalise a historic nursery school's playground in Bermondsey.

Alumno have worked on several student housing schemes in Southwark and are now working with Kintore Way Nursery School and Children’s Centre, which has been running for 80 years.

It was one of the first five nursery schools to be built in London - originally set up to help deprived children living in pre-war London.

Alumno visited the site with landscape consultants Turkington Martin to assess the outdoor space, and shared ideas with headteacher Rebecca Sherwood.

Ideas discussed included making the site more accessible to children with mobility issues, and including a pathway wide enough for wheelchair users.

Also increasing the amount of plants and shrubs to provide effective drainage and help with city pollution by improving the air. Apart from the work on the playground Alumno hope to work with the nursery on a book on the social history of the site, which will include old photographs and letters.

Alumno has submitted a planning application for a student housing development on the other side of Bermondsey Spa Gardens across from the nursery.

It will house around 150 students and include a large common room, cinema space, and have a full-time management team based on the site, which will replace a former storage unit at Alscot Road.