AN award-winning children’s nursery group is to convert a former library in Studley into its administration and training headquarters.
It has been taken over by the Bright Kids brand in an overall £150,000 purchase and investment deal, with property agents CPBigwood advising on the sale on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.
The building will be refurbished predominantly as a training centre for the 65-strong full and part-time nursery staff.
Tricia Wellings, chief executive of Millennium Bright Kid Co, said: “We have been in Studley since we launched in 1999 and wanted to remain.
“It is a central location and so an ideal opportunity for us. It will give us a platform for further growth.”
The library closed earlier this year and has moved into Studley Village Hall where it is run by volunteers.
There are three main Bright Kids centres in Studley, Crabbs Cross in Redditch and Northfield in Birmingham, catering for around 250 children.
There are also three out-of-school Clubs within schools, each linked to one of the nurseries including Studley Infants, close to Studley nursery and The Harry Taylor first school, opposite Crabbs Cross nursery.
James Ironmonger, CPBigwood’s Stratford-upon-Avon-based property manager, said: “Villages today need all the help they can get and this will maintain an important Studley facility, albeit in a different guise.
“Bright Kids has been a real success story and I am sure their expansion plans will prove equally progressive.”
The new facility will offer a training room for up to 25 people, various meeting rooms, a toy library and will act as the company’s new head office. It intends to work closely with other local community organisations.
The courtyard surrounding the former library will also get a “green” makeover.