Tilbury Douglas has successfully completed the construction of the new Beacon College, which is a special educational needs and disability (SEND) school located in Hereford

The new SEND Beacon College facility will accommodate 60 students from across the county aged between 16 and 19 with severe and complex learning difficulties.

The site includes a hydrotherapy pool, carpark and multiuse games area on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) and Accordia Academies Trust (formally Barrs Court Academy Trust.)

Delivering a school that is fit-for-purpose

Simon Butler, regional managing director of building – Midlands at Tilbury Douglas, said: “We are proud to have delivered a school that is fit-for-purpose, offering much improved facilities.

“In addition, the project has incurred more than 50% social value return on investment through a holistic approach, which included a food bank appeal, volunteering, local employment and an apprentice scheme.”

Philip Jackson, senior project manager at Free Schools Capital, added: “The whole project team has been immense and provided a level of teamwork that is to be commended.

“My total thanks to everyone involved – the end result demonstrates what can be achieved.”

Tilbury Douglas recently handed over a SEND school at High Point Academy in Wednesbury, West Midlands. The two-storey building offers a specialist learning environment for 90 students, aged 11 to 16, with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), Asperger syndrome and a range of learning difficulties.


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