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From factory to school yard – New village nursery built off site

Children and staff at The Learning Tree Nursery and Kids Club in Carlton Miniott near Thirsk are enjoying new accommodation thanks to a group of local construction businesses led by NYTimber.

The new nursery has been built off site at NYTimber’s Catterick factory and fitted out at cost to help children from the area get the new building they badly needed.

Nick Kershaw, managing director of NYTimber said: "The nursery trustees, headed up by Jenny Butcher and Lisa Moon, had been fundraising for several years to replace the old building. We wanted to help them out with a high quality, longterm solution that would be energy efficient to keep running costs low.

"The new building had to be on the same site as the old building behind the school in the yard, and demolition and construction had to be completed within the school summer holiday to avoid disruption to the children in term time.

"Off site construction was the obvious answer for speed and quality. NYTimber has a lot of expertise in the design and off site construction of pre-insulated timber panels and modular products. Building in the factory meant most of the available time on site could be used for demolition and site preparation."

As the new building was being completed in the factory at the start of the holiday the old building was being demolished. The site was then cleared and prepared.

The new building was delivered to site and craned over the school into position. In nine days it was fully operational, ready for the new school year.

"We worked closely with the nursery staff throughout the project to make sure the design would meet their needs, and they were able to see it taking shape in the factory," Nick continued.

"Reliable delivery to site is paramount for a project on such a tight timescale. NYTimber takes this very seriously for all projects.

"Feedback has been very positive – the timber building is attractive, warm and light and easy to move around in due to its modular design and effective use of timber panels.

"Photos of the whole process – from the factory to lifting the building on to the site and connecting to services – are being used to help teach the children about construction too."

A 295mm x 600mm x 13.6m glulam beam supports the structure which contains a 13.6m by 6.5m classroom, a kitchen, office, disabled toilet and three children’s toilets. It has a pitched roof, full insulation, Thermawood cladding, LED lights, underfloor heating and a heat recovery system.

The 111m2 timber frame building was designed and engineered by NYTimber and partners.

It was built in two halves Truss Loft and Moduloft, both NYTimber customers, helped with the lifting expertise. The plumbing and electrics were carried out by Truss Loft and the underfloor heating was installed by DJ Moon Plumbing. Other companies involved include RE Thompson Electrics, Kevin Baker Designs, JD Photography, Selective Skips and joiners Mark Cockerill, Alex Fox and Bill Bartram.

NYTimber also supplies roof trusses and roof cassettes and designs, engineers and fabricates their own NYTROOF rapid fit panelised roof system. The company expects to supply 350 of the pre-insulated roofs in 2015 and over 750 in 2016, all built in a factory environment ensuring dimensional accuracy and delivery reliability.

From factory to school yard – New village nursery built off site From factory to school yard – New village nursery built off site