Broad Oak Nursery
Date: March, 2012
Back in 2011, Broad Oak Children’s Nursery had fallen into disrepair, and some much needed work was required both internally and externally, as the building had fallen in to a desperate state of decay. The committee applied for various forms of funding in aid to replace both environments, eventually managing to post a successful grant application to Kirklees Council.
MPH Building Systems were named as the main contractor for the entire project, with Playsound the specialist playground subcontractor. During the works various issues arose, such as the lead contamination from a former factory nearby and large sections of concrete weighing up to 23 tonnes having to be removed.
Working with the school, architects and contractors, a design was created that was inspiring and met the educational needs of the children at the nursery. A timber canopy was installed providing some much needed shelter, whilst a bamboo-fenced area with musical instruments and mirrors added sensory elements. An over-sized clock gives the play area a feeling of enchantment and mystic. Central to all this was a bridge tunnel feature surrounded by a tarmac car track.
An emphasis was placed on encouraging nature to the site, with bird feeders, bug boxes and timber framed wildlife areas installed to promote flora and fauna.
Despite the difficulties faced during the installation, the project was completed within a tight deadline and the children and staff of Broad Oak was thrilled as the new nursery was opened and meant the facilities were able to continue with a bright future, avoiding the threat of closure.
Date : 05 Sep 2015