Coping with a Nursery’s Growing Plans
When the plans for a new day nursery facility for Southampton University Hospital’s NHS Trust needed a radical rethink to include an extra 879 square metres of offices for the City’s Primary Care Trust, George Rankin and the team at Studio Four Architects in Romsey knew a traditional build wasn’t an option.
Yet with only 14 months to complete the whole process and deliver the proposed Trust Taplins Childcare Building to Southampton Western Community Hospital, complete with the extra office space required, modular building wasn’t a solution George and the other architects immediately thought of.
However, following a suggestion from the client that a modular building might provide a suitable soltion and would meet the deadline and funding issues faced, Wernick was approached and supplied a building that came complete with a traditional brick skin and pitched roof, much to everyone’s delight.
With plenty of room for the Primary Care Trust’s office staff upstairs, the new 1063 square metre day nursery, crèche and training facility includes an outdoor play area and can cater for up to 100 children, with half the places going to the children of parents working in the NHS and the rest going to other local youngsters.
Clearly pleased with the modular building, nursery manager Sam Hollins said, “It’s a great new child care provision for the area, with a safe and inspiring environment in which children can be professionally cared for. We particularly like the all-weather garden which is covered in ‘no-mow’ grass that looks and feels really convincing”.