The Bridge School is currently housed on two sites, six miles apart, and caters for children aged three to 16 with special educational needs. ISG’s work, to be completed in summer 2015, will bring the primary aged children and the older children together on the same campus in Sprites Lane.
Since planning was agreed late in 2013, ISG has been working closely with Concertus Design & Property Consultants to get the details around the final specification and cost agreed. Concertus has been involved from the start, with feasibility and design work. It will now project manage the scheme on behalf of the client, Suffolk County Council.
The stand-alone, single-storey, cross laminated timber frame building, will provide 10 class spaces, offices and specialist accommodation including an occupational therapy and physiotherapy gym, a library, soft play room and a new school hall. Outside, ISG will carry out a landscaping scheme to provide for the specialist needs of the pupils.
This project is envisaged as phase one of a staged programme. Future phases will aim to provide improved shared accommodation and replacement facilities for the secondary-aged pupils.
Alan McCarthy-Wyper, managing director of ISG’s Construction business, said: “The early engagement between key stakeholders has already sparked real innovation within the construction process. Also, bringing the combined experience of all project partners to the table from the very outset will undoubtedly result in the delivery of an excellent scheme tailored to the specific requirements of pupils and staff.”