We have had a nursery at Ordnance Survey for many years, providing care for the children of our staff. It’s a fantastic resource which makes coming back to work much easier for many parents and it’s always been on site which means the children aren’t too far away.
When we started making plans for our new building, the nursery provision was also included and last night our Director of HR, Jan Hutchinson, formally opened the new facility.
Fun at the nursery
Catering for 45 children aged from 3 months to school age, the new nursery is outstanding, with an open plan feel and outside play area with its own treehouse. The nursery staff have made it an inviting, friendly and happy environment in which the children are flourishing.
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Over 500 of us have now taken up residence in the new building, with the rest of our head office colleagues set to join us over the next month. It’s all gone smoothly so far and in my case at least I had a crate of belongings on my desk and all my equipment was ready to go. Within 20 minutes I’d unpacked, logged into our new phone system and was up and running on our network. It’s always good when a plan comes together!
While I’d been lucky enough to see our new head office several times before I moved in, not everyone had the opportunity and were seeing it for the first time. One view most people won’t get to see in person is shown in the picture below.
Our Adanac Park head office shown from above
This great image shows the building really clearly. As you can see we’re alongside the M271 on the outskirts of Southampton. We’re cleverly shielded from the motorway by putting our car park between the motorway and the building. We’ve also put our services and Business Centre in the front section of the building with minimal windows. There are two brick ‘wings’ acting as acoustic buffers along the front of the building and then most of us are housed in the four ‘fingers’ extending towards the rear of the building, well shielded from the motorway.
You can also see two separate buildings on our grounds. At the top right of the image is the nursery, used by many parents at Ordnance Survey and run by Little Shipmates Nursery Ltd. Over to the left of the image is an ancillary building which, amongst other things, also houses our secure bike sheds and excellent shower and changing facilities for those who bike or run to work.
This kind of aerial imagery is used for our OS MasterMap Imagery Layer and you can find out more about how this works in our previous post.
You can also see an example of how our product is used by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service on the blog.
We think it’s really important to be a family-friendly organisation and are delighted that Explorers nursery at Adanac Park has now opened. The new nursery at Adanac Park – built by us – opened for parents and their children on Monday 1 November.
The nursery is independently managed by Little Shipmates Nursery Ltd – a well respected local company who have other local settings. Explorers will build on the great work undertaken over the last few years at our Romsey Road nursery and bring excellent additional childcare management skills and knowledge that will benefit current and future users of the nursery.
Explorers nursery with Explorer House in the background
The children and nursery staff will be fully settled into their new surroundings by the time the rest of the business starts to move in later in the month.
As well as Explorers nursery, we now have the name for our new building…Explorer House is the name of our new head office at Adanac Park. It was chosen by our Board following an internal competition. We’ve also named our meeting rooms – they’re all named after local rivers including Beaulieu, Test, Wey and Stour.
There were lots of other great suggestions and it was a tough job narrowing it down. What do you think about Explorer House – what name would you have chosen?