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Oaks Day Nursery

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

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.

Jenner Group
Build System:
Kingspan TEK Building System

The Challenge

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 most demanding aspects of this project were the need to meet the ambitious programme set by our client, and the challend of protecting the stunning Douglas Fir and glulam frames from damage during construction. We struck up a great relationship with the design team from day one, and this helped ensure that the architectural vision was delivered undiluted by constraints imposed by our structure.
- Paul Duffin, Kingspan Timber Solutions


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.
KTS provided a premium performance energy efficient 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.

We have successfully worked with KTS in recent yearsm mainly within the residential sector. In our experience not only do they provide a very good product on site, but they also have an excellent technical support team. We were awarded the designa nd build scheme on a 2 stage basis and fundamental to our stage one bid was our construction programme, which was based on an off site manufactured solution. Early dialogue with KTS in terms of design development was key to the successful delivery of the project, on time and on budget.
- Dean Elvidge, Business Development Director, Jenner Group
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