For 40 years, Kirkbymoorside children’s nursery (and more recently the breakfast/after school club) ran from a HORSA* hut adjacent to the town’s primary school.
An exciting and ambitious low-energy design was prepared by Mass Architecture in the spring/summer of 2010 and fundraising was in progress following a series of community consultation events.
However, the project took a dramatic turn when the building was condemned by North Yorkshire County Council in the winter of 2010 and the race was then on to install them a new modular building on a very tight budget.
Mass Architecture obtained the required planning permission ahead of schedule and procured local contractors and modular building suppliers, delivering the project on time and in budget.
*From 1947 schools were expected to keep on pupils to the outrageous age of 15 and thus required bigger premises. This ‘Hutting Operation for the Raising of the School-leaving Age’, or HORSA for short, resulted in concrete walled, asbestos roofed and metal-framed windowed huts.