The Reading SEN scheme was originally envisaged as a £4.75M standalone special school, however, due to a major problem that the initial site identified was found to contain ancient woodland, an alternative site needed to be found. The solution resulted in a special school being built, with an office block and training areas above to house education related facilities.
Specific features of this scheme included:
- Special school facility.
- Air tightness of less than 3m³/hour/m².
- Integrated office and training facility.
- Fully funded from mixed income streams including identification and sale of surplus land.
- Scheme awarded a BREEAM Excellent.
- Sustainable construction including ground source heating, photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.
- Complex highway adjustments.
- Building adjacent to an existing sport complex.
- Demolition of existing facilities.
- Collaborative working with all parties under the PPC 2000 contract.
- Integrated design team appointed by the contractor but all working to the common goals of the project.
- Operation of detailed risk registers and associated allocation of risk.
- Integrated data and telecommunications by framework provider.
- Scheme delivered under budget.
Reading Borough Council