Holder Early Learning Centre

Holder Early Learning Centre

Holder Early Learning Centre

Client: 
ACT Government
Architect/Designer: 
Philip Leeson Architects
Duration: 
9 months
Working closely with consultants across a number of disciplines was key in helping us deliver this project two months ahead of schedule

The Holder Early Learning Centre has a capacity of over 120 children. There is a total of 10 playrooms, grouped in pairs with shared facilities, catering to the various needs of different age groups.

The overall approach to the design was to provide spaces for children to be active, messy and noisy.

Each playroom is designed to be flexible with a minimum of fixed furniture items. The playrooms are filled with natural light and enjoy easy access to the outdoor playground. The verandah promotes interaction with outdoor spaces by acting as an extension of the indoor playrooms.

The playground construction includes fixed garden beds and moveable equipment, promoting investigation and enjoyment of the natural environment. Shade is provided through a combination of verandah spaces, tree planting and free-standing structures. In addition, two large covered play areas increase opportunities for outside play in all conditions, with soft fall material to cushion against tumbles.

The entry foyer is a welcoming space with views through to the multipurpose room and central courtyard. All circulation through the centre connects to these central avenues, which makes way-finding easier. Varied ceiling heights and plywood linings add warmth and interest to the common spaces.

The original site included a four metre fall which presented a challenge in making a fully accessible building and playground. This was resolved through a combination of retaining walls and an 800mm step.

Working closely with consultants across a number of disciplines was key in helping us deliver this project two months ahead of schedule.

Features: 
A total of 10 playrooms, grouped in pairs with shared facilities, catering to the various needs of different age groups