Robertson construction of nursery

Balmerino Nursery


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Dundee City Council
October 2020
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Supporting Dundee City Council’s early years education drive

This new nursery caters for more than 170 children. The £2.5 million facility is part of Dundee City Council’s drive to ensure that every child aged between 3 and 5 receives 1,140 hours of early education by 2020 – a key Scottish Government initiative.

  • 930m2, single-storey building.
  • Two open-plan nursery rooms.
  • 1,140 hours of early education for 3 to 5-year olds.

Time saved through procurement speeds up construction

The project was procured through Major Works – Scotland, part of the Scape National Construction framework, which saves time and ensures the project will be delivered quickly. Major Works – Scotland also provides customers with quality assurances, as well as the certainty that project spend will remain within the local community.

The children who are at the heart of this expansion in provision will be in some of the most modern and tailor-made facilities we can offer, and that will give them the best possible start on their educational journey
Councillor Stewart Hunter
Convener of Children and Families Services Committee

Constructing engaging and innovative early years facilities

The 930m2, single-storey building was delivered by Robertson Tayside on Balmerino Road on the site of the former St Pius Primary. It comprises two open-plan nursery rooms, snack kitchen, community room, office areas, quiet rooms and toilets. There is also outdoor space with features such as sandpits and garden planting areas.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is important to forming a child's educational experience. Balmerino Nursery has been designed as a bright, engaging and accessible teaching and learning space that helps young pupils make a strong start in life.

Photovoltaic panels bring savings on energy costs

The building benefits from an array of 35 photovoltaic (PV) panels, offsetting the electricity used and thereby producing a year-on-year saving to Dundee City Council.

Delivering social value in lockdown conditions

Ensuring that we provide local communities with lasting value alongside our projects is extremely important to Robertson.

During this project, we have:

  • placed a 3rd year apprentice on our site with a local bricklaying company;
  • engaged SMEs to encourage them to take on apprentices;
  • organised site visit for carpentry students;
  • delivered a careers talk to over 60 pupils; and
  • supported Civil Engineering Foundation apprentices by providing work experience.

Project team

Architect: Dundee City Council

Project manager: Dundee City Council

Principal contractor: Robertson Tayside

Civil & structural engineer: Dundee City Council

M&E engineer: Dundee City Council