The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) is a British private social and athletic club. It has two clubhouses: one in London at 89 Pall Mall, and the other in the countryside at Woodcote Park, near Epsom in Surrey. Both provide accommodation and a range of dining and sporting facilities.
The RAC approached us in early 2018 with a vision to develop a purpose-built family space, the Walled Garden, at their Woodcote Park location. Their vision was to create an exciting, safe and welcoming environment with a range of facilities aimed primarily at pre-teens and their families – including a crèche, children’s swimming pool and a variety of play areas.
From concept & design
The new crèche was to be located in the old Gardener’s Cottage, which had undergone a full restoration. We worked closely with the RAC’s architect, advising on the design and functionality of the crèche to ensure it complied with the necessary regulations without losing any of the building’s beautiful original features.
To mobilisation & launch
We were awarded the contract to run the crèche in December 2019, but the opening was delayed due to the Covid19 pandemic. The new RAC crèche finally opened in January 2021, operating 5 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.
During this transition period we:
"Having never left my daughter before I cannot thank you enough for providing this amazing family facility for us to enjoy. The team in the crèche have been so welcoming and cared for my daughter (and a nervous parent) from day one for which I am grateful."