Pre-school organisation Priority Area Playgroups (PAP) was tasked with setting up the Mavis Legge Nursery – named after a former president of PAP – which was to be one of 38 Neighbourhood Nurseries in Birmingham. After a long search for a suitable site, Greet Primary School stepped forward to offer space within its grounds for the new nursery. It was an ideal location, close to the main transport routes into the city. Sjölander da Cruz Architects were brought in to design the building, which would need to be constructed within very tight timescales.Solution :
Architect Marco da Cruz, says: “From the beginning it was clear that a modular building was the only solution if the completion deadline was to be met. After requesting several quotes, we chose the Portakabin Lilliput nursery building as representing the best value. It offered the highest quality building, combined with excellent deliverability and the considerable experience of Portakabin in this market.”
Marco designed a building loosely based on the Reggio Emilia early years approach, which encourages openness, participation and interaction throughout the nursery between children and adults. Mavis Legge Nursery was designed with a large central communal area from which the separate nursery rooms are accessed. The separate rooms also provide access to landscaped play areas outside the building.
Speed of construction was the key to this project, and PAP was given complete peace of mind by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises to deliver all buildings on time and on budget. Once the groundworks were complete, Portakabin immediately delivered the modules, installed them, and fully fitted them out to create a complete 50-place nursery.
The building includes four separate rooms for different age groups of children, from a baby room up to a room for four to five-year olds. There are toilets, a staff room, an office and a kitchen.
The building was completed by the specified date and the nursery opened its doors to children right on schedule.
Nursery Manager Emma Daly, says: “Our new nursery is proving very popular. Parents are always impressed when we show them round, and our 11 staff really like working here. Most importantly, the children love it too, and really enjoy playing in the bright, spacious rooms.
“There are some great child-friendly features, which we really appreciate, such as safe doors that prevent children trapping their fingers, and special child-level toilets.”