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Bourne day nursery to be made of shipping containers




A day nursery in Bourne is to be made out of shipping containers.

Sisters Laura Cuthbertson and Ruth Lister manage the Busy Bees Pre-School in Manor Lane, which was launched by their mum Catherine Taylor 30 years ago.

The business has grown, leading them to find a 14,400m2 site with bungalow on Meadow Drove for it.

South Kesteven District Council (15605449)
South Kesteven District Council (15605449)

Busy Bees has now received planning approval from South Kesteven District Council to build new premises at the back of the bungalow.

The 500m2 premises will be made from shipping containers, converted in Milton Keynes and transported and bolted together at the Bourne site.

They would feature timber cladding and windows to create a ‘warm and in-keeping’ look, said the application.

The building would cater for up to 110 children, employ 25 people, and be open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

A council report said the new pre-school would not harm the character of the area. It would also ‘boost the local economy’ and ‘enhance the town’s sustainability.’

Laura told the Mercury the family are ‘thrilled’ to gain planning approval. They had long sought to own their own premises and having found a perfect site that now has planning permission, they can buy the site.

“The plan is to build the nursery out of shipping containers, with glass roofs covering the spaces between them. These areas will also form play areas. The bungalow will house the kitchen, staff rooms, meeting rooms and a sensory room.”

Laura continued: “As it is a three-acre site, we can also realise our dream of opening a forest school as part of the nursery. We will be an ‘indoor outdoor’ nursery.”

A staff member has been trained as a forest school leader, with another to follow, due to children having access to a forest school as part of their nursery sessions. There will be garden areas and the school plans to have chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and hopefully some rescue donkeys.

Laura added work is due to start at the site by the year end, with completion in Summer 2020, when Busy Bees will move to the new location.



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