Kids 1st Nurseries Opens Doors at Banks Group’s Unique Bowesfield Site

August 26, 2014 | Bowesfield News

A successful chain of North East nurseries has become the latest commercial occupant of a unique mixed-use site in Stockton.

Kids 1st Nurseries has opened the doors of their new premises on the Bowesfield Park development, which sits on the banks of the River Tees in Stockton and includes an integrated 15-hectare wildlife conservation area

Kids 1st signed up with Durham-based Banks Property, part of The Banks Group, to take a 3,035 sq metre site at Bowesfield, with work on building the new nursery taking around four months to complete.

The new premises are located on Cygnet Drive, just off Bowesfield Lane, and has 108 places for children aged three months to five years, with up to 25 full-time staff working on site.

Bowesfield Park has proven to be extremely popular with both residential and commercial occupants since the first ones moved in eight years ago.

Existing commercial occupiers include BHP Law, Archers Law, Handelsbanken, Audi, Lexus, and Toyota, while there are also around 236 homes already built across the 67-acre site, and plans to build a further 185 in the future.

Kids 1st nurseries' new premises on Bowesfield Park

Alison Winship, head of childcare at Kids 1st Nurseries, says: “Our existing nurseries in Wynyard and Darlington have proved very successful, and we were looking for a new location that would enable us to extend our operations across the local area.

“The Bowesfield site offered the space we needed, both within the nursery and around the local area, to provide children with the opportunity to be active and get out and about, which ties in with the overall Kids 1st philosophy.

“This is our tenth site in the North East in what is our tenth anniversary year, and we’re excited about the opportunities that it will bring.”

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, adds: “We’re very pleased to be adding Kids 1st Nurseries to the list of successful companies on the Bowesfield site, and to be helping them with the next stage of the business’s expansion.

“Bowesfield’s excellent transport links, its proximity to Thornaby, Stockton, Darlington and Middlesbrough, and its adjoining nature reserve have made it a very successful development that brings a range of employment, economic and environmental benefits to the local area, and it is one that we, as a North East company, are proud to have brought forward.

“The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust nature reserve was created as one of the first steps in the Bowesfield project and it has matured into a facility that is highly valued by both those who live and work at Bowesfield Park, as well as others in the surrounding communities, so we’re sure that the children attending the new nursery and their families will also really enjoy having it on their doorstep.”

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