Contractor Henry Brothers has delivered a £4.4 million nursery and forestry school to Staffordshire University.
The Woodlands Day Nursery and Forest School is the university’s first carbon-neutral building on campus. It is also the first zero carbon building made by Henry Brothers Midlands.
One hundred new full-day childcare places for children aged zero to five have been created, with the capacity to provide additional care and education for children aged five to 12 outside school hours.
Ian Taylor, Managing Director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “This was our first contract with Staffordshire University and the first carbon neutral project for both the university and Henry Brothers Midlands.
“Thanks to the exceptional teamwork of Henry Brothers and the University Estates Department, working together, we overcame the challenges of the pandemic to deliver a superb, modern kindergarten and forestry school on campus.
“He looks absolutely fantastic and will be a great asset to the University of Staffordshire and its staff, students and their families, and to the local community.”
Sally McGill, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, University of Staffordshire, added: “Woodlands Nursery and Forestry School at the University of Staffordshire represents an important step in our plans for the green transformation of the campus.
“We are committed to building a sustainable university and reducing our impact on the environment. Targeting zero carbon upon completion, our new Kindergarten and Forestry School will be our greenest facility on campus and builds on other campus initiatives such as electric vehicle charging stations.
The project team consisted of Mace as project and cost manager, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios as lead designer and architect, Max Fordham as building services engineer, Civic Engineers as engineer in structure and transportation consultant and Re-form Landscape as landscaper.
The Henry Brothers design team included CPMG Architects, structural and civil engineer Hexa and Couch, Perry, Wilkes for M&E services.