Oaks Day Nursery

A brand-new, fit-for-purpose nursery to replace the inadequate, temporary buildings which had stood for many years.




Jenner Group



Build System

Kingspan TEK®

The Project

The University of Kent had offered children’s day nursery facilities to staff and students for many years at a site adjoining Keynes College. The nursery operated from temporary buildings which were beyond their effective life and not suitable for redevelopment. ​The biggest challenge of this project was to design, manufacture and construct a large nursery building in a demanding timescale that enabled the main contractor to complete the entire build in 24 weeks.

The Design

The requirements for the new building were that it should provide a new facility to cater for 90 nursery places. The solution developed by Lee Evans Partnership LLP was a single storey building with 2 asymmetric low pitched roofs and 4 rooms for the children, each with related facilities. Jenner Group were appointed as main contractor following a 2-stage tender process, and the scheme was valued at £1.4 million, impressively only taking 24 weeks to construct from start to finish. The layout of the building was heavily child-centric, with particular considerations given to the provision of a safe and secure environment. Kingspan Timber Solutions provided a building envelope using Kingspan TEK®. The SIPs panels were wrapped around a series of glulam frames and the structure took an impressive 6 weeks to construct. The outside covered spaces were framed in large sections of Douglas Fir with expressed bolted connections.

Published January 2015

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