Springfield Properties install children’s viewing panels at Hanover site

SML Magic Roundabout nurseryHousebuilder Springfield Properties has taken inspiration from the well-loved children’s programme Play School and installed colourful round viewing windows for nursery kids next to its Hanover Housing Association care home construction site in Elgin.

Springfield has installed viewing panels in the site’s hoarding for the nursery children, after they expressed a want to watch all the live action and progress of the construction. The panel at the Magic Roundabout Childcare Centre, positioned adjacent to the site, has the “through the round window” feature from the TV show as its muse.

The windows are different shapes and colours and have been designed to be bright, fun and inviting for the children.

SML Magic Roundabout nursery 3The site team will also hold a session with the children to talk to them about construction and safety, as a part of their mission to engage with the local community.

Springfield Properties started work on the 32 special requirement flats, designed specifically for residents with dementia, earlier this year working with Hanover Housing Association.

Assistant site manager, Lester Reynolds, said: “I grew up watching Play School and I remember that going through the round window with Floella Benjamin was always the most exciting part of the show. When the site hoardings were to be placed next to the nursery’s car park, rather than block the site out, we wanted to use it as a learning experience for the children.

“We worked alongside the nursery and installed viewing panels at a child-friendly height to allow the children to view the works and see the progression from a safe area.”

SML Magic Roundabout nursery 2Magic Roundabout staff Angela Miller and Anne Hay have been taking the children to view the site, who have then been drawing pictures of the diggers and the site staff for a wall display in the centre.

The Magic Roundabout Nursery Childcare Centre manager, Helen Marr, said: “Lester sure took me back when he referenced Play School as his inspiration! The viewing panels have been a fantastic and welcoming addition to the nursery and the children have already been using them. Parents have also given some great feedback and we look forward to watching the development as it progresses.”

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