Photograph left to right: Jayne Herritty from Calthorpe Estates, Hayley Fox (senior nursery manager) and Lauren Bache (nursery manager) with Gurdip Chamba.
BK advised the school on the letting and conversion of a 1,775 sq ft office building on Harborne Road. It has taken a 20-year lease from the landlord, Calthorpe Estates.
Norfolk House School, an independent school based in Edgbaston, has just opened Norfolk House Nursery, a day nursery for children aged between three months and four years, at 28 Harborne Road. It is the school’s second nursery in Birmingham and will act as a sister location to its ISI ‘outstanding’ rated nursery at 3 Norfolk Road, Edgbaston.
The property has undergone an extensive conversion to accommodate new childcare and staff facilities, including children’s rooms, changing rooms, toilets, staff room, manager’s office, kitchen and laundry room. New heating, electrics, security and access systems have also been installed.
The building, which was previously occupied by The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, is located within a conservation area. Bruton Knowles advised on renovations to the exterior of the building, which included the installation of a new roof and brickwork in-keeping with the surrounding area.
In total, Norfolk House School Limited has invested £500,000 in the project.
Gurdip Chamba, project managed the conversion. He said: “Norfolk House School is a growing organisation and following high demand for places this is the school’s second nursery site in the city. The project has taken us over one year to complete, from finding the perfect property and obtaining change of use planning permission to initial planning and design work, through to the final conversion.
“We faced a number of hurdles which typically come with the territory of converting office buildings. The inside of the property was completely stripped out to ensure that all internal areas are safe and child friendly, and a number of improvements have also been made to the exterior to comply with conservation laws. It is an old property so we also had to incorporate factors such as the need for increased insulation, new venting and secondary glazing.”
Jayne Herritty, sales and marketing director at Calthorpe Estates, said: “We are delighted that Norfolk House School has selected the Calthorpe Estate to open a second nursery. It is located in the heart of Edgbaston, where our vision is to create a village with a vibrant and high quality array of retail and leisure attractions as well as prime educational, residential and commercial space.”