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Organisation : Beckermet Nursery

Application : Education Buildings

Location : Beckermet, Cumbria

Requirement :

Having provided its services from rented accommodation since it was founded in 1976, Beckermet Nursery – a registered charity – wanted to invest in its own dedicated, permanent facilities. The long process of fundraising, applying for National Lottery support and local authority grants began in the late 1990s. With so much time and effort spent on fundraising, the nursery committee was determined to invest in the very best building they could afford. They wanted to create a high-quality facility to provide full wrap-around provision for local children from the ages of three months to 11 years.

Solution :

Nursery Manager Patricia Gallagher, says: “The fundraising efforts took many years, but as the pot grew we started to look at possible building providers. It became clear that modular construction would provide the best value. We investigated a number of suppliers and Portakabin stood out above the rest.

“We wanted high quality and, when it comes to this type of building, you know that Portakabin leads the way. It’s a name you can trust and its buildings come with reassuring guarantees. What really swung the decision in favour of Portakabin though, was the wonderful service we received right from the start. The sales representative really took time to understand our needs and put a lot of time into developing a solution that fitted our requirements and, crucially, our budget.”

The nursery chose to purchase a large Titan Building System and a Titan building, linked together to create a spacious 26-place nursery, fully compliant with Ofsted guidelines. Having taken time to understand the nursery’s unique requirements in detail, Portakabin developed a bespoke building layout to fulfil all the requirements of children, parents and staff. The main building incorporates a large open-plan nursery area, reception area, staff room, kitchen, children’s toilets and a baby sleeping area. The linked Titan building has another open-plan nursery area and can be isolated from the main nursery to provide community based activities in the evenings. The whole complex was fitted with a heating and air-conditioning system by Portakabin.

The site chosen by the committee was an undevelopedgreenfieldsite, adjacent to the local school. The council stipulated strict requirements for the appearance of the nursery building, and Portakabin helped the committee to select an appropriate colour scheme. Flexibility in design is one of the key benefits of choosing a Portakabin building. A range of design options is available, from a dazzling array of colours to a wide choice of window and roof styles.

Portakabin delivered and installed the buildings right on schedule, as promised by the unique Portakabin Customer Charter. This assures customers that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. For complete peace of mind, Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet the customer’s contract start date, it will provide an additional 12 months’ product warranty, free of charge.*

Patricia continues: “Parents and staff alike are delighted with the new nursery. The children absolutely love it and we now have 47 children on our books. The service from Portakabin was second-to-none throughout. They helped us every step of the way and were there for us in an instant whenever we needed help or advice. The building itself is really cleverly designed around the needs of children. For my part, I really look forward to coming to work every day now because the building provides such a lovely environment to work in.”

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