BAM Construction in the Midlands has been appointed as preferred bidder to design and build the Daventry Hill School, a new co-educational all-through school for pupils with special educational needs.
The news follows recent high profile successes for the firm which has its regional headquarters in self-built FORE business park, Solihull. Late last year it secured the prestigious Three Snowhill scheme in central Birmingham, worth approaching £100million and expected to commence within weeks, and last week it announced it would be building the new £20 million HQ for Tata Technologies in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. The firm is behind the complex Science and Health building for Coventry University, and is in the final stages of agreeing several other schemes.
Daventry Hill School It will be built on three acres of land adjacent to the Daventry University Technical College on Ashby Road and will cater for pupils with mild to profound learning difficulties, including those with physical disabilities. Work has just commenced on site.
The school will make full use of specialist ICT hardware and software to ensure curriculum access for all pupils. There will also be a focus for older pupils on the development of their independent living skills.
Peter Burrell from Education Excellence for All Trust (EE4A), an approved Department for Education multi-academy Trust and Academy sponsor, said:
“BAM’s bid demonstrated that it really understands the environment which we need to create for our pupils to feel safe in and to be inspired by, and with the spaces required to deliver specialist teaching and learning and care.
“Together with their architects, Hunters, the BAM team has developed the accommodation schedule and we are looking forward to seeing this come to fruition.”
Dave Ellis, Construction Director for BAM, said:
“BAM is a leader in the field of building for education because we try to understand very precisely how the teachers and pupils will use their building and we consider carefully how the building’s design and construction can enhance their needs. It comes down to listening well, and understanding what they want. It’s therefore a significant achievement for us to have been appointed on this very particular challenge that provides not just an educational building but also a genuine life enhancing opportunity.”
This school, which is being built close to the town centre, will reduce the distance children need to travel to other special schools in Northampton and across the boundary into Warwickshire. It will form part of Daventry District Council’s learning quarter plan.
The school will open in September 2016 initially with pupils in Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. Numbers will then grow each year until 2019 when the school will be full with a total of 175 children.
Places at the new school will be principally commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council for children with statements for educational needs, including profound & multiple learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and sensory impairment.
“Our children and young people will leave our care ready for the next stage of their adult life, with no limits to what they might achieve”, added Peter Burrell.
Nearby, BAM has just finished work on The Other Place for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon, and it is building Coventry University’s Science and Health Building.