Archway Early Years Centre

The brief was to provide a new welcoming and stimulating 'creative environment' for the further establishment of Children's Centre services at the AEYC in London.

The new development enabled the AEYC to further improve and expand its health and social services as well as allowing the centre to provide more of the services local parents need.

Kay Hartmann Architects were commissioned to design a building that included a range of multi-purpose rooms to enable parent/ child/childminder drop-ins, group activities, health and ante-natal care and classes, 'surgeries' for Jobcentre Plus/training providers, welfare rights, etc.


Archway Early Years Centre

The guiding idea for the design was developed directly from the two dimensional functional room layout of the existing building, ensuring that the extension maintained the scale of the existing spaces.

The superstructure was erected in 10 working days using KLH's prefabricated solid cross laminated timber system.

Archway Early Years Centre

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for Archway Early Years Centre is 131.5m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 105.2 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 6.6 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to London
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport therefore shows a 'nett gain' of 98.6 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere)


Ultimately, the timber superstructure for the Archway Early Years Centre contains approximately 31.6 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.


Archway Early Years Centre

Project Details

Project Value:  Confidential

Project Dates:  2004 - 2006

Services:  Supply and Erect

Timber Volume:  131.5m3

Build Period:  10 days

Archway Early Years Centre

Design Team

Architect:  Kay Hartmann Architects

Engineer:  Fluid Structures

Timber Engineer:  Techniker

Contractor:  Durkan

Archway Early Years Centre

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