New Nursery Build
We are delighted to announce that our application for funding to the School Nurseries Capital Fund, in order undertake this project has been successful. We have also been successful in our bid for match funding from the St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust and planning permission has been approved by Cornwall County Council. Works are planned to start at the end of July 2019 and complete in the spring term 2020.
The current Elliott building classroom at St Dennis Primary Academy was built in 2006 and currently houses two nursery classrooms and WC. This building is now at the end of its life and needs replacing.
Existing Elliott building
The existing Elliott building measures 7.9m x 17m and sits in the far lower corner of the site. The proposal is to demolish this classroom and replace with a new purpose-built unit. This will measure 24.2m x 15m and will accommodate:
- Three classrooms
- Staff WC
- Student WC
- Disabled WC including baby changing
There is a need in the local area for more nursery space. With the added classroom it has been designed to extend the age range offered by the nursery. Currently, it can only take three & four year olds but with the new building it will be able to offer capacity for two year olds, which need additional staffing and space. The new building will be able to accommodate more children with Special Educational Needs, in particular it will have the additional required space to allow wheelchairs to move freely within the whole building.
The new footprint will measure 24.2m x 15m
The scale and massing of the new building will be in proportion to the rest of the site and will sit comfortably within the lower corner of the site. The roof is a mono-pitch roof to reduce the visual impact on the building in the locality. In particular, the ridge line is significantly less than the neighbouring two storey houses.
Landscaping has been designed to be a flexible outdoor learning space for the children to use. The majority of the outside space, except the pathways, will be covered in a specialist Wetpour rubber safety playground surface. This will allow the nursery staff to add additional non-fixed play equipment in to the outdoor spaces.
The appearance of the proposed new building will be mainly block and render finish with an amount of timber cladding to the main facade.
Access into the new building will be from firm surface with ramped access where required.