Acacia Intergenerational Centre, Merton

  • Public & Arts
  • London Borough of Merton
  • £2.55m
  • 2011

The first purpose-built, fully inclusive intergenerational centre (IGC) in the UK, bringing together children, young people, parents, the middle-aged and seniors for activities that engage all ages.The IGC includes a nursery, dance, exercise and design studios, and a healthy eating kitchen brought together by a large shared central social space. Outside are the nursery playground, allotments, lawns, an adventure play space and a play space club.

Fast-track, off-site volumetric construction met funding deadlines.

The IGC was the first building in the UK to combine light-weight construction with an inter-seasonal heat transfer ground-source heat pump system, producing sustainable heating and cooling.