- Next to the lake so the children can watch the ducks and swans.
- Can accommodate up to 78 children.
- The central atrium uses large north lights that automatically open to vent the space, creating a light and airy environment.
- The building has a modular design. It was delivered to the site in sections, after being pre-assembled at the factory.
The choice of location of the nursery was praised for its "views of the lake and surrounding landscape", and because the positioning of the nursery at the meeting point of well-used footpaths "enliven[s] the campus." The design of the building was commended for its "flexible internal arrangement", which allows the nursery to expand into the café space when needed. This comes as part of RIBA's Small Budget Big Impact project, which aims to celebrate "small projects which have a significant positive impact on life in universities".
|Start & Finish dates||June 2008 - April 2009|
|Requested by||Student Development and Support Services|
|Managed by||Estates Office|
|Architects||MJP Architects Ltd.|
|Quantity Surveyors||Nisbet LLP (now Sweett (UK) Ltd.)|
|Mechanical Engineers||Estates Office|
|Electrical Engineers||Estates Office|
|Structural Engineers||Britspace Modular Building Ltd.|
|Main Contractor||Britspace Modular Building Ltd.|
|Landscaping||Churchman Landscape Architects Ltd.|
|Basic Building Cost||£2,350/m2|
|Gross Floor Area||742m2|
|Total Area of Site||0.47 hectares|
|Function Areas and Their Size||
Manager's Office: 12.4
Café and Children Centre: 87.3
|Area of Storage||Nursery: 3.5
Social Space: 2.5
|Area of Circulation||Nursery: 67.2
Social Space: 9.0
|% of Grounds Used by Community||0%|
|% of Buildings Used by Community||0%|
|Low Carbon Energy Generation||N/A|
|Steps taken to reduce environmental impact||Movement sensors on the lighting
Use of district heating