St. Anthony’s Family Care is identified as a childcare and early learning facility where children with disabilities can gather and participate as part of a community. Named after Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost thing, the care centre is situated on an idyllic site in Croydon, which is rich in historical significance.
The proposal for the centre involves the construction of 3 new facilities including an early learning centre, activity centre, administration office and respites. The driving inspiration for the addition to St. Anthony’s is to utilise the existing structures of the care facility and the construction of new buildings around it to create a centralised courtyard and circulation area.
The focal point of the courtyard is the 150 year old fig trees which function as the gathering point for children and carers to tell stories, play games and take part in outdoor activities.
In essence, the proposal strives to improve the lives of the occupants and children with special needs with the inclusion of accessible facilities and the input of a playful and connected environment. Special care has been taken to design a space that will be inviting and calming to the children and their families, ensuring they feel safe at all times within the centre.
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