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Seddon Complete £3M Extension to Kingfisher Special Educational Needs School

Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partner Seddon has completed two separate extensions at Kingfisher Special Education Needs School on behalf of Oldham Council. The first extension created a space for a new hydrotherapy pool to replace the existing, ground pool. The second extension provides two new classrooms.

The project was secured via the Procure Partnerships North West Framework.

During the pre-construction period Seddon engaged an ecology partner and undertook a series of ecological surveys. It was identified that bats were present on site. Consequently, prior to commencement of works it was required that a European Protected Species License (EPSL) from Natural England had to be obtained. As such it was vital all the requirements and criteria for licence approval were met to prevent delay to the project programme.

Once the EPSL was granted, works could commence in compliance with the submitted method statement, detailing capture, transport, techniques, and time- scales. Bat boxes were installed prior to any removal works to ensure suitable habitats for the migrated roosts.

Kingfisher School remained fully operational throughout the works, including out-of-hours clubs and weekend activities. The site was confined with the construction area in close proximity to the school entrance. Careful consideration was therefore given to safety and disruption throughout the project.

A detailed logistics plan was agreed, including full segregation using solid timber hoarding. Deliveries were not permitted before 9am and after 2.30pm to avoid drop-off and pick-up times, which are particularly busy due to the large number of students arriving via taxis, mini-buses or parent drop-off. Site managers met daily with the school caretaker to discuss planned works and any coordination changes to cause as little disruption and distress to students as possible. 

Michael Unsworth, Director of Business, Commented: “The new state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool is a highlight of our work and will be particularly important to help children maintain a range of joint and muscle movement and engage in swimming when they are unable to access a local public pool”

Faye Dolan, Procure Partnerships Framework, National Framework Manager, Commented: “Seeing the scheme at Kingfisher SEN school completed is fantastic, you can really see how important the pool facility is for the children.”

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