Riverwalk Special School

“The building has been transformed into a first-class teaching and learning environment for some of our most vulnerable young people.” Joy Stodart, Health, Wellbeing and Children’s Services, Suffolk County Council

The Brief:

This project required us to extend and re-model the redundant, dilapidated Hardwick Middle School building. This was in order to provide a new special school with 17no. class bases and associated teaching and therapy provisions.

The Scope:

The refurbishment and remodelling of the existing school premises was necessary externally (including a new roof, windows and doors) as well as internally (including new heating, re-wiring and new finishes). We worked closely with the client, key stakeholders and the governing body to ensure the requirements of the scope and provision were met. The new soft landscaping area provided a space within a calming environment for informal play and teaching opportunities.

Working in partnership with the contractor’s supply chain and interrogating the costs ensured the best value was achieved on all construction packages.

The Result:

The existing school was successfully extended and transformed in a seamless manner. The project exceeded the client’s expectations through the creation of an extension which was sympathetic to the design of the original building. Despite a tight deadline and budget pressures, we completed ahead of the programme. Handing over the building two weeks early allowed the school sufficient time to prepare before the start of the new Autumn term.