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Eric Wright completes £1.7m specialist school support centre

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 21, 2015 | Facilities management

Eric Wright Construction has completed a multi-million pound Special Educational Needs (SEN) project at a specialist school in Kirkham, Lancashire, for pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties and disabilities. 

The 45-week programme saw the demolition of the existing Adult Training Centre and construction of a new Intensive Support Centre at Pear Tree School. 

Commissioned and designed by Lancashire County Council, the 5,490 sq ft centre is for children and young people aged two to 19 with complex needs, autism and challenging behaviour. It comprises four classrooms, a life skills suite and sensory room, as well as external play and education spaces within a secure perimeter. 

Eric Wright Construction worked closely with Pear Tree School to plan the build programme carefully, ensuring minimal disruption and prioritise the educational needs of pupils and staff. 

John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, said: “SEN projects require an exceptional attention to detail to ensure they meet the individual and diverse needs of the pupils. 

“Our extensive experience delivering a range of projects in the education arena enabled us to create a flexible and safe environment that will improve provision and support the tailored development of its learners.”

Lesley Sullivan, head teacher at Pear Tree School, added: “'The new intensive support centre will be known as the ‘Compass Centre’ and will provide up to 12 places for some of the most complex and vulnerable young people to be educated close to their local communities. 

“The Compass Centre is absolutely stunning and we're immensely proud to be welcoming our new pupils from September 2015. Huge thanks and gratitude go to all involved and especially Eric Wright Construction.”

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