The new £3.8 million Churchill Special School is well underway with the arrival of the buildings in an exciting development for the local community.
The 2,100 sq m school is being constructed by The McAvoy Group and is the latest contract in a number worth up to a total of £26 million to be built within the Education Funding Agency’s Framework Agreement Framework for which McAvoy is a preferred builder.
And to facilitate the build, UK pork producer Karro Food Group has given land at no cost to McAvoy Group for storing the raw materials required for the school.
McAvoy Group uses modern methods of construction and innovative technologies to build smart schools in reduced time frames and with minimum disruption on site. They will also be responsible for landscaping, turning, parking and play areas at the special educational needs school which will be built over two storeys and is due to open next month.
Churchill School will accommodate 70 pupils aged 10 to 18 providing specialist education for children with autism (including Asperger Syndrome) and/or other communication and language difficulties.
The high spec building will have separate accommodation for primary and secondary pupils with specialist classrooms covering different subjects. There will also be chill-out spaces and calm rooms to help reduce anxiety and individual work stations to maximise learning opportunities.
McAvoy Group Business Development Director, Orla Corr OBE, says: “As principal contractor we are delighted to have been given the responsibility of building this superb new facility. We are also very grateful to Karro Food Group for providing space for us to store some of the raw materials required for the build.
“The smart buildings were manufactured off-site at our state-of-the-art facilities in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, using the latest computer-aided design and lean manufacturing technologies. Our building solutions recognise the need for thoughtfully planned, comfortable, safe surroundings conducive to teaching and we have met the very specific needs of this school.
“It’s an exciting time for everyone involved to witness first-hand the buildings beginning to take shape. We hope all the staff and pupils will enjoy their new educational space when Churchill School opens next month.”