Commercial Carpentry Contractors – Somerset Projects
Polden Bower School in Bridgwater, Somerset has a new £23m special school that will cater for 160 students with complex needs and Constructs South West have been involved in many aspects of the carpentry contract. We provided all the internal Carpentry, including Q Mark installed door sets, manufacturing and fitting of bespoke joinery, Atrium seating, Library and Birch ply to the hall.
Its executive head teacher said the new school’s facilities would be “truly transformational” for some students.
Helen Farnell told BBC News: “We are all very excited to get into the space and start using the wonderful facilities it will provide for our young people. I can’t wait to welcome the first pupils in soon and see their faces.”
Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s lead member for children’s services, said: “It’s fantastic to see Polden Bower, such a significant project and investment, being realised.
“The new building will be a real asset to Somerset and for our children and young people with special educational needs, their families and carers.”
The school includes a warm water pool for physiotherapy, a sports hall, a sensory room and fully accessible classrooms.
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Polden Bower School in Bridgwater, Somerset
The new all-age SEN School includes accessible classrooms, dining hall, sports hall, sensory and therapy rooms and a hydrotherapy pool. Procured through the Southern Construction Framework, our team of education specialists have constructed a state of the art, new two-storey Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) School in Bridgwater creating 160 school places, bringing pupils from two existing sites under one roof.
The new all-age school includes accessible classrooms, dining hall, sports hall, sensory and therapy rooms and a hydrotherapy pool. Outside a sensory garden, multi-use games area and adventure playground will provide lots of spaces to support the pupils’ physical and sensory needs.
Completed during the pandemic and on a challenging site that had to battle flooding after a string of winter storms, the team involved have overcome numerous obstacles to deliver the school successfully to Somerset County Council.
Rob Woolcock, director for Willmott Dixon in the South West region said,
“The team have overcome many challenges, including a global pandemic to deliver an exceptional school for Bridgwater. The school is going to make such a difference to local children with the most complex needs, providing them with the therapeutic facilities that will support their development. The whole team have been proud to be a part of this project.
“Despite the pandemic, we ensured the project had a far-reaching impact on the local community. Over 50% of the spend was within 30 miles of the project, and we delivered over 4390 hours dedicated to careers support and mentoring, and provided work experience to bricklaying students from Bridgwater & Taunton College’’
Lots of spaces to support the pupils’ physical and sensory needs
Delivered using Covid-19 safe working protocols
Sensory and therapy rooms
Contains a specialist hydrotherapy pool
Taunton Retirement Apartments, Somerset
Platinum Skies is building an eight-storey luxury apartment complex for people aged 55 and over in Paul Street, offering views over the Quantock Hills.
The apartments at Quantock House are due to be completed in September 2021, with prices starting from £247,500.
The complex will feature 88 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, accommodating spacious lounges, full-fitted kitchens and bathrooms, as well as individual balconies and underground parking.
There will also be communal TV and residents’ lounges, a bar and bistro area, an activity room and a treatment room, and as with all Platinum Skies homes, there will be an on-site lifestyle manager to organise activities and offer practical and emotional support to residents.
Quantock House will have a landscaped garden at the front of the property, featuring a natural canopy of trees and a public art installation.
Rob James, project manager for Quantock House, said: “We are now in the final stages of work for this stunning apartment complex for people aged 55 and over, and we are working towards hosting our first preview open event in April.
“Quantock House offers the perfect opportunity for Somerset residents to live independently in their own homes, while being part of a welcoming community of homeowners, which is based close to the shops with great public transport links.”
Inside the building, the carpentry contractors are currently working from the ground floor upwards to install the kitchens, internal doors and light fittings into the apartments.