Front of the new Honley School modular nursery building

Project Description

Location: Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School Honley, Holmfirth
Client: Kirklees Council
Employers Agent: Kirklees Council
Principal Designer: Enviro Building Solutions Ltd
Contract Type: JCT Design & Build Contract 2011

Project Summary

  • Modular classroom building with full fit-out
  • Floor area 195m2
  • 6 modular bays
  • External storage facility
  • External soft play area and equipment
  • All groundworks, foundations and drainage
  • M&E works including automated door access, fire and intruder alarms
  • Completed September 2017
  • Project value £287,500

The Challenge: Fast tracking a modular Early Years facility

Located in the village of Honley near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, Honley CE (VC) Junior, Infant and Nursery School is a vibrant educational establishment providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment. The school aims to provide an exciting and challenging educational experience encouraging individual children to flourish and achieve.

``The project was managed well from start to finish, the new building was finished on time to specific requirements and has provided an excellent addition to the Honley School Portfolio. Aftercare has also been excellent in terms of dealing with building issues.``

Dean Masters, Project Manager, Kirklees Council

When the school wanted to create an independent nursery facility to accommodate Early Years pupil places, modular building methods provided a fast, affordable and high quality option meeting all of the required design and performance parameters.

Enviro Building Solutions successfully designed, manufactured and installed a prefabricated nursery building inside a tight nine week timeframe, together with associated external works, ready for use by the new school year intake in September 2017.

Focus on safety and security

This was a challenging nursery school building design in a residential area, with particular demands on access including narrow village lanes and low overhead cables. In addition, the site specified for the build was located very close to the main entrance to the school, so health and safety considerations were of paramount importance.

Three quarter view of the nursery schol building in HonleyWith a proportion of the work carried out on an active school site, Enviro Building Solutions devised a plan to move an existing wall to create a safe site barrier and provide a vehicle drop off area. The relocated wall was repositioned again to ensure safe access once the build was complete.

The six bay modular classroom building features attractive cedar cladding and included a full internal fit out plus the installation of washroom facilities. In addition, Enviro Building Solutions created a bespoke outside store complete with light and power, sourcing and delivering a storage container which was then clad with cedar to match the building, providing much needed storage space.

External landscaping and fencing

The new modular nursery is equipped with an automated door access system and intruder alarm and complemented by exterior landscaping, including the supply and installation of an external soft play area complete with play equipment, attractive external planters and secure perimeter fencing. Services were linked in to the existing school building, additional street lighting was installed and a pathway rerouted. 

This project, awarded in June 2017, was completed by early September in time for the new Early Years intake.