Verney Avenue Special Needs Unit, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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A new specialist care unit provides high quality facilities for children with special needs and their families.

Project

This new single-storey residential care facility provides a modern and safe environment for children with autism spectrum disorders. The building comprises of residential accommodation together with offices and consulting and therapy rooms. The care unit was built using a traditional structure with cavity walls and a kalzip standing seam metal roof. Sustainable features, including insulating render, cedar cladding, ground source heat pumps, solar panels and composite windows and doors, have been incorporated to bring down the energy costs. Additionally, works included hard and soft landscaping with new access and parking for 30 vehicles.

Challenges

  • Minimising disruption to the school and its residents
  • Bad weather and winter snow creating difficult construction conditions

Solutions

Careful planning was required when working in the grounds of this special needs school. We created a new point of access in order to successfully segregate work from the school as much as possible. Despite the delays of bad weather, exact phasing and good team focus ensured completion of the project on time and within the client’s budget.

”The new residential and co- located unit at Verney Avenue provides a vital new resource for Buckinghamshire. Beard produced an excellent, high quality building which the users are extremely pleased with. The building was built to brief within a tight timescale and has blended in very well with the other facilities. Beard was very accommodating and the site team was always helpful to the local authority officers, architects and to local residents. Overall this project was a great success.”

Steve Nicholls, Assistant Education Officer, Bucks County Council

Customer

Buckinghamshire County Council

Contract value

£1.9 million

Architect

Architects Design Partnership

Quantity surveyor

BAQUS Sworn King

Contract duration

39 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Standard with Q 05

Procurement

Competitive Tender

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