Office park site boosts Papillon nursery

CHILDCARE firm Papillon is opening one of Scotland's biggest nurseries at the Maxim office park near Glasgow.

The park's developers see it as part of a strategy to build "lifestyle" amenities that will help attract tenants to the huge development alongside the M8.

Papillon, set up by joint owners Fiona Leggat and Joyce McAdam, is one of the few Scottish nurseries to have been awarded six-star grading by the Care Commission for Scotland.

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It is currently based at the Newhouse industrial estate, Motherwell. The new facility will allow it to take in 130 children, double the current intake. The workforce will also double to 40 employees.

Leggat said that relocating to Maxim signalled the biggest step-change for the business since its formation in 2006.

She said: "The opportunity to help with the design and planning of the facility, allowing us to create a new purpose-built nursery, was too good to turn down."

North Lanarkshire Council and the Care Commission, the regulators, have been involved in the firm's plans.

Papillon is the latest facility attracted to the site following the arrival of sandwich chain Baguette Express and delicatessen Berits & Brown.

The 330 million park is the UK's largest speculative office park development, comprising 756,000sq ft of space in ten buildings.

The initial three buildings are now complete, with the entire park due for completion in March.