Oxford Science Park
Oxford Science Park needed a fast, quality solution to provide a nursery, set within the grounds of its commercial industrial site.
The Day Nursery in Oxford was required to service parents who work on or live near Oxford Science Park, offering them an accessible facility, and safe environment for their childcare needs.
The offsite solution
Premier Modular were commissioned to design, manufacture, and install a high-specification building to suit the client’s exacting requirements whilst meeting the need to deliver a solution fast, with as little disruption as possible to the rest of the site.
The modular building, made up of 14 bays, was sold from Premier Modular’s existing rental fleet, and adapted for a high-quality finish. This solution meant the building could be installed and connected at pace on site. This caused little disruption to the Oxford Science Park estate.
The Nursery opened its doors in March 2022, offering a modern and welcoming space for children across 3 different age groups.
The building features an attractive external design including canopy, high specification glazed windows and doors in carbon, plus vertically installed cedar cladding. The new nursery sits on a grass lawn with a new and secure outdoor playpark, for all the children to enjoy.
With total usable space of 328sqm the building provides Baby, Toddler, and Pre-School activity rooms, each carefully designed to enhance the children’s development depending on their age group. Other facilities include: Nappy changing room, Laundry, Kitchen, Milk Kitchen, Staff office, Store and Hallway.
Because of level of input required from all stakeholders, regular meetings were needed to overcome onsite issues. We installed a welfare cabin to house a dedicated Premier Modular project team; this ensured efficient communication.
Early in the design process, the external canopy was identified as structurally incompatible with the modular building. This was overcome with the design of a bespoke angle to accommodate the building foundation. The design had no negative impact on the structure of foundations and ensured minimal future maintenance.
Premier Modular worked closely with the Oxford Science Park team to ensure safe access to site. During the two days of cranage, a bus route was redirected as part of the logistics plan.