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March 7 2013

Portobello kindergarten wins approval
Plans to erect a new kindergarten on the Portobello beachfront have been approved by Edinburgh City Council, clearing the way for redevelopment of a Toddlers Hut dating from 1930 – thought to be the oldest independent childcare facility in the UK.

Designed by Konishi Gaffney, whose son previously attended the playgroup, the scheme will entail replacement of the single storey timber hut with a two storey split gabled building which plays on the language of beach huts.

As such a materials palette of recycled & reclaimed brick will be employed together with celestory glazing with timber cladding used on the upper floor.

Ground floor areas will be given over to play spaces with sliding glass doors leading to an enclosed Japanese inspired garden and above this a kitchen and storytelling space will be created.
 A landscape strategy devised by Horner & Maclennan has been conceived to replicate the arrangement of promenade, beach and seafront.
A landscape strategy devised by Horner & Maclennan has been conceived to replicate the arrangement of promenade, beach and seafront.
A curved corner detail provides more generous pedestrian space and allows for insertion of a large curved window at childs height with views out across the Firth of Forth.
A curved corner detail provides more generous pedestrian space and allows for insertion of a large curved window at childs height with views out across the Firth of Forth.

4 Comments

Art Vandelay
#1 Posted by Art Vandelay on 7 Mar 2013 at 13:04 PM
Really like the look of this.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 7 Mar 2013 at 14:02 PM
Looks great - good work Koshini Gaffney.
wonky
#3 Posted by wonky on 7 Mar 2013 at 16:53 PM
Love wee Porto- great area- this will make a fantastic addition to the shoreline, especially considering the blue box there right now.
superjim
#4 Posted by superjim on 8 Mar 2013 at 10:28 AM
Fantastic stuff. I'll be taking detours on my bike to see this going up, a great new addition to the prom.

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