Interserve begins work on two schools in the West Midlands

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Interserve Construction is now on-site at new High Point Academy in Wednesbury and the Beacon College Special Academy in Hereford

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

High Point Academy will provide education to 90 students ranging in age from 11 to 16 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s and a range of learning difficulties.

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

The school will provide places for up to 60 pupils, aged from 16 to 19, with severe and complex learning difficulties, including autism.

Interserve Construction was selected for both contracts by the Department for Education (DfE) which marks the eleventh new school build project that the company has won this year.

A growing portfolio

Simon Butler, divisional director at Interserve Construction, 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.”

Dan Harmer, project manager at Interserve Construction who is overseeing the Hereford school project, 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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