Project Description

A modular nursery classroom in Bedfordshire required remodelling, refurbishing and extension. The challenges we faced were that the nursery was on a school site with restricted access, and the new modular nursery extension was required in very short timescales. Nonetheless, we completed this at short notice; the programme from site possession was 6 weeks. And with minimal disruption to staff, pupils and parents at Langford Village Academy, part of the school BEST Bedfordshire School Trust.  

REASONS FOR THIS MODULAR NURSERY EXTENSION IN BEDFORDSHIRE

In the case of Langford Village Academy in Bedfordshire, they already had a mobile nursery building so the most cost-effective solution was to extend and improve their existing facilities.

The Brief From Langford Village Academy, BEST Bedfordshire School Trust

“The project at Langford Village Academy came about as a response to the local need for nursery places.

Significant numbers of new houses are being built in Langford and local families were struggling to find nursery provisions for their children in the local area.

Wrap around care was already being provided by the BEST Nurseries team at the school in an existing mobile classroom, so it made perfect sense to expand the existing provision to provide additional accommodation for 2 to 5 yr olds during the term and for 2 to 12 yr olds during the school holidays whilst continuing with the provision of wrap-around care.

A modular build was chosen to provide a cost-effective extension to the existing building which was deliverable within short timescales – impressive especially given that it all took place during lockdown!”

MODULAR NURSERY EXTENSION BENEFITS

  • Fast build process that can be delivered in short timescales
  • Minimal construction traffic and disruption to your site
  • Ideal for nursery and school sites with restricted access issues
  • Can be built onto existing buildings and designed to match aesthetically

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MODULAR NURSERY EXTENSION BEDFORDSHIRE

Design Challenges & Solutions

  • CHALLENGE – Timescale: Due to Langford’s volume of new families, Langford Village Academy had an urgent requirement for more nursery care to support the local area. Their existing building was too small, so it needed remodelling and refurbishing. Also, they needed additional WC areas and utility rooms.
  • SOLUTION: They chose a modular mobile build to extend their existing mobile nursery building. This build was a cost-effective way to expand the existing building and could be installed in tight timescales. During the refurbishment, we included the addition of new WC areas and utility rooms.
  • CHALLENGE – Site Access Issues: The position of the new extension was at the rear of the existing school, which meant they had restricted site access. To access the site, we could only traverse down the single vehicular access route. Also, we would have to move across their playground during term time.
  • SOLUTION: Our modular solution allowed a fast installation programme and reduced the amount of construction traffic over the course of the project. To achieve this, we designed modular sections to overcome the site constraints. Units were shipped on regular articulated vehicles then transhipped to smaller vehicles onsite to overcome the access issues. We worked with the school to minimise issues during playtimes, start times and end of school times.
  • CHALLENGE – Health & Safety: The academy needed a build solution to minimise disruption to the school, and Health and Safety was their primary concern.
  • SOLUTION: To overcome their Health and Safety issues, our smaller vehicles and modular build minimised construction traffic.
  • CHALLENGE – Environmental: The nursery’s heating systems were uneconomical and outdated.
  • SOLUTION: To improve eco-efficiency, we upgraded their existing heating systems to energy-saving air source technology.

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Design & Appearance

  • MPH delivered and installed a new modular extension inclusive of a food preparation area, additional classroom, meeting room and additional toilet facilities.
  • The modular extension building was clad externally with timber and a profiled sheet roof to overcome planning issues.
  • MPH provided a complete turnkey package inclusive of site clearance, foundations and a new enclosed soft play area.
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