College Nursery to Move
21st September 2012
It was a long road to get the planning permission to allow us to make this wonderful old building a nursery, and we’re delighted it has been granted.
Children at The Old Station Nursery in Newark will be cared for in a luxury setting from the end of this month after planning permission was granted to transform a Grade II listed building.
Builders have now been called in to work on upgrading the facilities and make the three-storey building, called Martin Forster House on Appleton Gate, child-friendly.
The move will see staff and children relocate just yards down the road from Newark College and will mean the number children staff are allowed to care can be increased from 30 to 60.
The expansion plan also includes starting a new after-school club for children aged between five and 11 years old.
It is hoped building work will be completed by the end of this month.
The Lincoln office of Langleys Solicitors LLP worked with The Old Station Nursery in order to secure the new site.
Sarah Steel, Managing Director of The Old Station Nursery, commented: “It was a long road to get the planning permission to allow us to make this wonderful old building a nursery, and we’re delighted it has been granted.
“As soon as we were given the go-ahead, we contacted the builders and got them booked in for work to begin. Making the space as comfortable as possible is a priority, not just for the children but for the staff too.
“Plans include dedicated spaces for different age groups, car parking spaces, room to park bicycles and a huge secure garden so the children can have the run of the outdoors.
“The relocation will also safeguard 15 jobs and provide an opportunity for further growth of the nursery, helping to retain much needed pre-school childcare facilities in the heart of Newark.”
The 25 children currently on the books along with 15 staff will move across in one go one work is completed.
Nursery Manager Alison Holmes said: “This is an exciting time for us and something we’ve worked very hard to get. It will mean we can spread out activities out across three floors, rather than one large room which we currently have, and allow us to create a separate room for the babies to be looked after. It will also be very nice to have a staff room, new kitchen and office space.
“There is a lot of history here as it’s a former vicarage and dates back to 1730. We can’t wait for building work to be completed so we can move in and make our own history here!”
Sarah Miles, Commercial Property Partner at Langleys, added: “This has been a fantastic project to work on and it’s great to see that the end is in sight and the children will soon have a new place to call home.”
To find out more about registering your child at the Newark setting contact the nursery on 01636 708043 or email
Notes to editors:
- Managing Director of The Old Station Nursery Sarah Steel set up the first nursery in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, in 2002 when she left the army and was unable to find suitable childcare for her two children.
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