An application has been made to convert a Grade II listed former bank building into a nursery.
Berkhamsted’s branch of Lloyds closed in March of last year amongst a wider cull of banks in the town, and has been unused ever since.
The building dates back to early 19th century and served as a bank for 100 years.
The proposal, submitted by KMK Kinderzimmer, outlines the intention to use the building “for a creche, day nursery or day centre”.
Vishav Roma, managing director of Kinderzimmer UK, said: “Our vision is to offer children a safe haven for their development. The first five years of a child’s life is so important for their development, and we want to offer as many children as possible a place where they can roam, dream, play and grow together. Kinderzimmer, here in the UK, benefits from 10 years of operating excellence in Germany, weaved with our local expertise to provide a unique new offer to the UK.
In doing so, Kinderzimmer ensures that every voice is heard, no matter how small because the wellbeing of children and their individual development is our focus. We’re excited to be opening up our second UK nursery setting on the high street of Berkhamsted in this beautiful Grade II listed building. Being able to repurpose a great heritage building and give it back to the community in the form of a fantastic learning environment and second home for local children is a really exciting prospect for us.”