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£800,000 Gumboots Community Nursery extension project now complete.

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Gumboot CommunityMain Contractor for the project, Lengard, has announced that the extension of the Southwark nursery under the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative is now complete.

The fundamental idea in the design of the extension to the existing building was to form independent new structures linked to the existing building without causing major interference to the existing framework and its surrounding gardens. Three separately identifiable extensions were constructed in order to double the intake capacity of children and provide the necessary support facilities.

The existing building measured 210 m² and was formed by a modular timber frame chalet style building using a 3m x 9m (3m x 3m) grid with a pitched roof and roof trusses spanning across the 9m overall width. Including the new building, the site now measures 458m².Gumboot Community

The extension and refurbishment included external cladding to walls, consisting of a rain screen using 100mm wool or natural wood insulation between treated sw battens, followed by breathing paper and cross battens supporting stained Larch wood cladding.  Aluminium clad timber windows were installed using a standard range of propriety manufacture in a pre-coated paint finish with opening casements and ventilation ‘flaps’ for natural ventilation.

New kitchen spaces and lavatories were constructed.  The kitchen was designed using a new high-efficiency A-rated combination boiler with gas safety installation and a new ventilation system. Landscaping was limited to the area immediately surrounding the buildings and extensions.  Mature trees had to be retained on the site, which influenced the choice of screw pile foundations for the new extensions so as not to disturb tree roots.

Gary Bird was keen to point out the benefit in the use of the prefabricated composite structural timber panel construction.Gumboot Community

JK Roofing

The works undertaken by JK Roofing at gumboots nursery involved three new mono pitched slate roofs being built from ground level surrounding the existing nursery building, with the mono pitches being covered with a Marley fiber cement slate and a dry mono ridge system this giving the new buildings a sleek and modern style. With the existing building, skylights were installed to provide some wonderful natural lighting and all necessary repair works carried out to a high standard. At JK roofing we take great pride in works carried out at Gumboots nursery with all works being carried out to highest of standards and no reportable accidents whilst on site. We look forward to working closely together with Lengard Ltd on any future projects.

ScrewFast Foundations

“ScrewFast Foundations designed, supplied and installed 59 helical piles to support the extension of the school library and external canopy.

Helical piles were chosen for the speed of installation, and to avoid damage to the surrounding tree roots. Minimal plant requirements meant that the restricted site access was not an issue.”

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