Tilbury Douglas hands over new building for SEN school in Farnborough

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Image of new SEN school

Tilbury Douglas has handed over a new building for Samuel Cody School, a SEN school in Farnborough, Hampshire

The new building will open in September 2022 and will provide 90 places for children in years 5-11 with social, emotional, and mental health needs.

The £13m project was awarded to Tilbury Douglas through the Department for Education Construction Framework.

The new building for the SEN school is over two stories, and includes:

  • 16 general teaching classrooms
  • Six specialist and practical teaching classrooms
  • Therapy and small group rooms
  • A dining hall and kitchen
  • Toilets and a parent meeting room

A multi-use games court and outdoor gym equipment has also been provided, as well as a sensory garden, habitat area and further soft landscaping.

Hard paved and grassy play areas, an access drive and car park have also been constructed.

The project exceeded the planning requirement for an overall BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, and an ‘Excellent’ rating for water consumption. The project has been awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ at design stage and is on target to achieve this at post construction too.

The new SEN building is a ‘great example of mutual cooperation’

Paul Gale, divisional director at Tilbury Douglas, shared: “We’re really pleased to be able to hand over the new building for Samuel Cody School to Hampshire County Council. This project is a great example of mutual cooperation and collaboration and we look forward to hearing how the school enjoys using their new facilities.”

The first school of its kind North of the County

Sharon Chinnappa, Head Teacher at Samuel Cody School, added: “The new unit will offer a much-needed therapeutic educational provision for those children who, through no fault of their own, struggle to engage in education.

“This is the first school of its kind in the north of the county and is an opportunity to offer a unique, bespoke learning environment for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. The Tilbury Douglas team has fully involved us in the design of both the internal and external spaces and this has been ground-breaking in the development of what will be an outstanding school for our children.”

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