Sustainable timber framed building for Tops Day Nursery.

This expansive sustainable nursery building for Tops Day Nursery was completed in September 2012 to provide childcare provision at Lakeside North Harbour in Portsmouth. Designed in collaboration with Thorpe Wheatley Architects, the building was constructed on site in 12 weeks. The nursery includes:

  • An entrance lobby
  • Reception office
  • Disabled WC
  • A large open plan play space divided into two by a low wall
  • Sleep room
  • Training room/second office
  • Baby changing room with sink unit
  • Two kitchens for meal preparation
  • Infant toilets leading off main play space for easy supervision
  • Laundry room
  • Refuse store
  • External play space with integral canopy for protection from rain and sun

Sustainable building features:

  • A sustainably sourced FSC accredited glulaminated timber-frame
  • Low maintenance, highly insulated, composite panel walls and roof. Joints are sealed for air tightness to reduce heat loss from the building
  • A natural ventilation system creates a pleasant environment with low energy demand
  • An under floor heating system supplied by an air source heat pump. This system provides a comfortable even heat with exceptionally low energy demand
  • Argon filled triple glazed window units with low emission coating
  • Automatic PIR controlled lighting system

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Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge
Tops Day Nursery inspiring sustainable building by Fordingbridge

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