Ground breaking has taken place for the new First Place Nursery at Inland Homes’ 350-unit scheme at Wilton Park, Beaconsfield.

Representatives from Inland Homes and First Place Nurseries, along with children from the nursery took part in the ceremony, burying a time capsule and planting a tree. Contractor Blaze Commercial provided machinery used to break the ground.

The state-of-the-art new nursery building is a timber-clad pavilion with capacity for 74 children aged from six months to up to five years.

Designed to the bespoke requirements of the First Place Nurseries Group, it will provide a safe and stimulating environment for children. It is set next to the new parkland being created at the heart of Wilton Park, accessible to residents and the wider community.  There will be 25 parking spaces, as well as cycle parking provision.

The nursery forms part of the Wilton Park community hub, which also includes a new café and community centre, as well as two hectares of parkland. These were originally planned to be built during later phases of development but were brought forward and final plans were agreed earlier this year.

Nish Malde, group finance director at Inland Homes, said: “It is fantastic to celebrate this significant milestone of breaking ground on the construction of the nursery. 

“Wilton Park is about so much more than new homes – the excellent range of community facilities and new infrastructure will make sure it becomes a place that is convenient and attractive to live.

“The new nursery in particular will draw families with young children to the range of high-quality family homes that are available now and coming in future phases.”

Jan Harris, managing director at First Place Nurseries, said: “First Place Nurseries has an established nursery setting already in this location, but the redevelopment of Wilton Park allows us to move to outstanding, purpose-built premises where we will be able to offer children an even better start.

“The leafy surroundings, large outdoor space and well-equipped building provide an environment where children will thrive. We would like to hear from any parents interested in registering their child for a place at the new nursery.”

Inland Homes received the go-ahead for a new community in 2019. Bewley Homes began construction of the first 147 homes in spring 2021 and the new relief road serving the development opened in April.

The outdated, existing nursery premises also located within Wilton Park will be demolished when the new one is complete.

It is expected to open to children from Summer 2023.  First Place Nurseries Group is already registering interest from parents interested in places for their children.

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