Topping out celebrates construction milestone at The Bridge in Feltham

A roof-level topping out ceremony has celebrated an important milestone in the construction of The Bridge, a new £3 million special educational needs (SEN) pupil referral unit in Feltham, West London. The event was marked by head teacher Sue Tysall placing the final section of roofing felt.

The purpose-built facility in Fruen Road, off Bedford Lane, is being built for Hounslow Council by our team at Beard in Guildford.

Due for completion in January 2018, the new centre in the grounds of Southville Primary School will provide full-time education and support with specialist facilities for up to 30 local special needs children, aged four to 11.

“With the super structure firmly in place and work on the building’s envelope more than halfway through, you can really see the new school starting to take shape,” says Tony Taylor, Beard special projects manager. “We are delighted with how well this scheme is progressing and look forward to moving onto the next stage of construction which will be completing the internal works and external finishes.”

Our Guildford team is constructing a single-storey facility which will provide six classrooms, learning support facilities, a hall, outdoor play space and parking for cars and bicycles. The state-of-the-art building, which is set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for its sustainable design, will feature photovoltaic solar panels and a rain-water harvesting system.

Designed by architects The Seaman Partnership and project managed by Pick Everard, the new pupil referral unit will meet an increased demand for SEN pupil places in the borough and will replace the existing unit located in mobile classrooms behind Fairholme Primary School on Peacock Avenue.

Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for Education, Children’s and Youth Services at Hounslow Council says: “The Council is committed to making sure all local children have the best possible start in life. This new facility will play a key role in ensuring the increasing number with special needs have the support they need in a fantastic new building.”

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