A SCHOOL was definitely not all at sea when it came to finding an eco-friendly solution to accommodating its nursery service.
Bedford Hall Methodist Primary in Leigh decided to go green and embrace recycling by having its new building made out of two old shipping containers.
A London-based company transformed the industrial metal crates, which formerly carried goods on freight ships around the world, into a suitable facility for looking after some of Leigh’s pre-school youngsters.
The nursery classrooms are arranged in a T-shape building on Bedford Hall’s grounds next to its own outdoor play area.
They have been ingeniously fashioned into learning facilities with carpets, lighting, windows and automatic glass doors at the main entrance.
Teaching assistant Sue Taylor said: “Quite a few schools are now using the converted containers so we got the idea from them.
“The company puts in walls, electrics and plumbs them in, and you wouldn’t know you weren’t in a purpose-built classroom if you walked into one.
“It’s quite cleverly done.
“It’s a self-contained building which gives us the extra space we needed and we’ve also got our own designated outdoor area next to the container, which is really nice.”
Bedford Hall’s newest building was officially opened with a blessing from Rev Paul Martin, although the school opted not to follow the maritime tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne over the facility.
The conversion work was carried out by Container City, based in London’s Docklands, which turns the freight crates into steel prefabricated building blocks which can then be made into offices, sports halls, community centres and studios for arts organisations.
The containers will also allow the school to reduce its carbon footprint as it is air-tight to make it more efficient and is fitted with heating and lighting system to reduce its energy consumption.