Stepnell starting £1.6m new building for Swindon School



Stepnell has been appointed by Swindon Borough Council to construct a brand new main building which will provide modern and high quality accommodation for Crowdys Hill School in Swindon.

The Wantage team is starting work this month (July) on a £1.6m 1,208m2 single storey building at the secondary special school for students with complex needs. Designed by Nic Newland at Swindon Borough Council and developed in conjunction with Cirencester-based Eric Cole Architects, it is hoped that this will be the beginning of a continuing redevelopment programme at the school.

The ‘L’-shaped structure will wrap around one wing of the school’s existing main brick built building. Set for completion at the end of January 2016, the new development will include ten classrooms, a library, staffroom and other facilities including cloakrooms and a plant room. The hall and dance studio with changing facilities will be built as a shell and it is hoped that, subject to additional funding, these will be fitted out this year. It is being built using off site construction techniques which reduce construction times and deliver high-quality results.

Wantage area manager Steve Burgess says: “We are delighted to once again be working with Swindon Borough Council and proud to be creating these impressive modern educational facilities which will make a real difference for students and staff at Crowdys Hill School. Our team’s proven education sector track record includes extensive experience of working in ‘live’ educational settings to deliver  state of the art learning environments built to the highest standards.” The construction work is being carefully planned and coordinated with Crowdys Hill to ensure there is no disruption to the school’s daily routine.

This scheme follows Stepnell’s successful completion of the East Wichel Community Centre for Swindon Borough Council in 2013. In December 2014, we also finished work on an extension and refurbishment programme for a specialist unit for students with physical impairments at The Commonweal School, Swindon.

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