Swindon Borough Council has appointed construction company Stepnell to undertake a £500,000 programme to extend and refurbish a specialist unit for students with physical disabilities at The Commonweal School in Old Town.
Work starts this month at the Physical Impairment Unit to create an additional storey housing two new classrooms on top of an existing single-storey building.
Other internal refurbishment work will include extending and improving existing physiotherapy and first aid rooms and cloakrooms.
As the unit is in an enclosed courtyard, careful planning will take place to ensure minimum disruption -materials will be brought through the school or craned in. Construction will be closely coordinated with a separate project already under way at the school to build a new sixth-form college.
Rugby-based Stepnell, which has a regional office in Wantage, secured the contract through a competitive tendering process. It follows Stepnell’s completion of the £515,000 East Wichel Community Centre for Swindon Council last year.
Stepnell contracts manager Jamie White, pictured, said: “This scheme will create major improvements for students and teachers at the Physical Impairment Unit providing extra space and more modern facilities.
“Our team brings considerable experience of delivering construction projects in schools and other ‘live’ environments to this scheme and our aim, as always, will be to ensure that the work goes smoothly with the least possible disruption to school life.”