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The use of wood definitely has a calming effect

Nursery Buildings

“The building is in as good a condition now as when it was put up five years ago.”

That’s how Zoe Crabb describes the Norwegian Log building that houses the busy Willow Bank Pre-School in Woodley, Reading that she manages. “Even now people coming in are so impressed. They like the feel of the wood and say it’s such an inviting environment.”

A far cry from the 25-year-old corrugated iron buildings that the pre-school had operated from. In 2010, with a successful fundraising campaign behind them, Zoe and her committee members came to Norwegian Log with just a sketch of their dream building.

“The Norwegian Log team helped us at every stage. They were able to take us from a rough drawing through to the finished architect’s plan, and they explained everything – from where the electrical sockets would be through to the roof tiles,” she said.

The finished toddler-friendly solid log building contains a welcoming main classroom, porch, office, quiet area, toilet facilities and a large kitchen. “Our staff love it and even though it has the same footprint as our old buildings, it seems so much bigger. The use of wood definitely has a calming effect. People would also say they loved the smell of the Norwegian log.”

To officially celebrate the new pre-school building, local MP Theresa May was invited to a special summer opening event. And when Norwegian Log heard the pre-school was on the look out for a small playhouse for its playground, the team stepped in and donated a scaled-down Wendy House version of the main building.

Five years on, 56 three to five-year-olds use the solid log pre-school building every weekday. “They so enjoy the space that it gives them,” concluded Zoe.

It's warm and it's cosy; it's solid and it's quiet. The fragrance of pine reminds you of Scandinavian forests and summer evenings. Your imagination starts to take you places. You imagine a wood burner, perhaps a desk or why not just some space to think?

Our show home is 30 years old, yet customers still say it looks and feels brand new. That's the quality of our workmanship and the materials. When you step into a Norwegian Log building you're stepping into a feeling and just like our buildings it's one that will last.

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