The Hawthorns Nursey
- Project Type: Education
- Client: The Hawthorns Nursery
- Status: Design
- Location: Surrey
A new two storey nursery located in Surrey, proposing a modern approach from the existing Grade II* Listed 17 th Century House, taking precedent from it distinctive features and massing.
The Hawthorns School has been located for over 50 years at Pendell Court having moved from Gatton Point in Redhill back in 1961. The Hawthorns started in 1926 for boys only, as was usual for the times, and has evolved over time into a coeducational nonselective school. The school provides a happy family atmosphere helping children reach their individual potential through academic, sporting and confidence building activities as well as nurturing and fuelling the enthusiasm of every child which they will carry on through their teenage years and into adult life.
The addition of a children’s nursery would be a welcome addition to the school, providing a preschool setting for children aged 3 months through to 4 years. The ethos of the school would be fostered in the early years helping children transfer to a more formal school environment. The nursery would also provide a significant addition to the school in helping to attract new parents and help existing families with child care.
Pendell Court is a Grade II* listed building and is the most significant heritage asset on site. There are other listed structures which include the garden pavilion & other garden walls and gates associated with the main house but with their own Grade II listings. The site is within the Pendell Conservation area which comprises a group of buildings that include Pendell Manor (also Grade II* listed) and Pendell House which is Listed Grade I as being of national significance.
Pendell Court dates back to 1624. The Jacobean house was extended in the 1880s to the left and rear of the original house in a similar style. Of particular interest is the way the additions have changed the building into a handsome five bay house with central projecting bay, which initially seems symmetrical, but in fact is anything but. The facade is complex in its arrangement and is beautifully accented with stone dressed mullions and transoms to the windows and a central stone arched entrance.
The building embodies tradition and an understated style which is well suited to a prep-school.
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