Interserve begins work on two school projects in UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction services firm Interserve Group has broken ground on two new school projects in the West Midlands, UK.

Currently, the construction firm is working on-site at new High Point Academy in Wednesbury and the Beacon College Special Academy in Hereford.

The contract, awarded by the Department for Education (DfE), represents the company’s 11th school construction project that it has secured this year.

Interserve Construction divisional director Simon Butler said: “We are delighted to be starting work on these two new special needs education projects, which further adds to our growing portfolio of work in the education sector.

“We are able to draw on a wide range of experience and expertise within Interserve to build outstanding educational facilities by a locally-based team of construction professionals.”

Being delivered under the DfE’s Free School Programme, the new High Point Academy is a Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) school.

It will offer education to 90 students ranging in age between 11 and 16 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s and a range of learning difficulties.

Beacon College Special Academy, which is operated by Barrs Court School Academy Trust, is another SEND school, which will create a facility for pupils with a range of specialist needs.

It will provide accommodate up to 60 students, aged between 16 and 19, with severe and complex learning difficulties, including autism.

Interserve Construction project manager, who is overseeing the Hereford school project, Dan Harmer said: "I am really proud to be involved in Beacon College. This worthwhile project will hopefully benefit the DfE & Barrs Court Trust, but more importantly improve the lives of young adults with severe learning difficulties to ready them for life beyond education.

"The Interserve team have spent months planning the scheme in readiness for starting on site. We have amended some of those plans to comply with Covid-19 guidance.

"We are ready for the challenge ahead and have made every effort to work with consultants and the supply chain to programme the works, so that we don't impact the end date for the client."

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A rendering of Beacon College. (Credit: AHR Architects)

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