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Portakabin completes Barking Riverside Nursery


The UK’s largest offsite-built free school campus has grown again with the completion of Barking Riverside Nursery (part of London Early Years Foundation).

Portakabin delivered a third building on the Riverside Campus; Barking Riverside Nursery, which will provide 50 children between the ages of 0-5 with space to grow, to learn and to play.

After completion of the three main schools in 2017, Portakabin was chosen by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to deliver the 50-place private nursery which is situated just North of Riverside Primary School.

The new building provides three classrooms with dedicated toilets, a kitchen, laundry room, staff room and office space. The classrooms, in which children will be separated by age group, will open out onto an exterior soft play area providing children with ample space to play, grow and learn.

To help enhance the natural environment surrounding the nursery and Campus, more than 32 different species of local trees and plants have been planted. Habitats such as bat and bird nesting boxes have been installed on trees and in hedgerows in order to improve local wildlife and provide a varied natural environment.

Nick Griffin, General Manager for Sales at Portakabin said, “Riverside Campus was a high-profile school development, in a rapid growth area. Our team achieved feats of construction that had never been reached before and we delivered the largest free school to be built offsite on time and on budget. It was this quality and commitment that set the precedent for us to deliver to the Campus once more with Barking Riverside Nursery. Children now have an inspiring and safe place to learn from their early years right up to young adulthood.”

June O’Sullivan MBE and CEO of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) says: “We are delighted to have opened our new nursery in the diverse borough of Barking and Dagenham. The natural environment is the perfect place to create wonderful teaching experiences which capture the imagination of children and their curious minds. As the UK's largest childcare charity and social enterprise, we look forward to making a positive impact in the local community.”

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Barking and Dagenham Council Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, said: “Providing a modern, high-quality environment where the young people of our borough can learn can only be beneficial for the future. It’s just one of the many fantastic improvements taking place across the borough and it shows Barking and Dagenham is as good as anywhere to give young people the best start to their education.”

Riverside Campus is a three-school site including Riverside Primary, Riverside Secondary and Riverside Bridge special educational needs (SEN) school. The 24,000m2 campus, which accommodates 2,700 children aged 0-19, was built by Portakabin offsite before being installed onsite in Barking.

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