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Construction on new £3million SEN primary school in Hounslow completes new milestone

The Bridge in Feltham will provide up to 30 much-needed places for children with special needs

A topping out ceremony marked a milestone in the construction of a new special educational needs (SEN) school in Hounslow.

The final piece of roofing felt was placed by Southville Primary School headteacher Sue Tysall, completing the roof-level work at The Bridge in Feltham.

The new £3million single-storey primary school building is located in the grounds of Southville Primary, in Fruen Road, off Bedfont Lane.

Building work started earlier in May this year and is halfway through placing it on track to be completed by January next year.

Once opened it will provide full time education, support and specialist facilities for up to 30 special needs children, aged four to 11.

the building will include six classrooms, learning support facilities, a hall, outdoor play space and parking for cars and bicycles.

Topping out ceremony at The Bridge, Feltham(Image: Beard Construction)

The sustainable design features solar panels and a rain-water harvesting system making it a runner for the BREEAM Excellent rating.

The new pupil referral unit is being built for Hounslow Council, by Beard Construction, in a move to help meet demand for SEN pupil places in the borough.

It will replace the existing unit located in mobile classrooms behind Fairholme Primary School on Peacock Avenue.

The Bridge, SEN primary school being built in Feltham(Image: Beard)

Tony Taylor, Beard special projects manager, said: “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.

“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.”

The Bridge has been designed by architects The Seaman Partnership and project managed by Pick Everard.

Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for education, children’s and youth Services at Hounslow Council said: “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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