Morgan Sindall Construction’s Southern Home Counties team has begun construction on expansion work at Philip Southcote School’s main campus in Weybridge, UK. 

The expansion work will be delivered on behalf of Surrey County Council to enhance the provision of specialist educational places in the region. 

This project, once complete, will mark the first to be completed under the fifth generation of the Southern Construction Framework (SCF5). 

Valued at more than £4.5bn ($5.73bn), the SCF5 is accessible to all public bodies in the South East, London, and the South West of England.  

The framework iteration aims to bolster construction and development within the public sector, including education, health, local authority, and leisure projects. 

Philip Southcote School is a three-form entry specialist school that currently accommodates roughly 160 students aged 11-19 years with moderate learning difficulties and co-occurring needs.  

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Surrey County Council Property, Waste and Infrastructure cabinet member Natalie Bramhall said: “We are pleased that Morgan Sindall has started works to expand Philip Southcote School.  

“The expansion will offer excellent new facilities for current pupils and allow for more much-needed school places for children with additional needs and disabilities.” 

The expansion will introduce two new blocks to the campus.  

The first block will feature eight classrooms, facilities for students with hearing disabilities and special educational needs (SENs), two ICT suites, and an activity space.  

The second block will house a specialist hydrotherapy pool, which will serve both the school and the community.  

In addition, the project includes the creation of extra car park space and enhanced external landscaping.  

The project team will engage local supply chains and offer apprenticeship opportunities to support the community. 

Morgan Sindall Construction Southern Home Counties area director Guy Hannell said: “It is great to see work commencing and we look forward to engaging with the community throughout the build, as we deliver more much-needed SEN places for the region!”