Contractor picked for £12m schools project

How the Willougby school will look

Willmott Dixon has been selected by Lincolnshire County Council for a £12m contract to enlarge two schools as part of the county’s wider SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) school programme.

The work will take place at Eresby School in Spilsby and Willoughby School in Bourne, and will be constructed through the Scape Major Works Framework.

Due for completion in November 2021, the Eresby School scheme will see the introduction of a new modular building incorporating classroom space, a hall for rebound therapy, hygiene suite facilities, a dedicated IT suite and science lab suitable for all needs, calm rooms, physio space and improved staff facilities. Willmott Dixon will also be building a car park extension and designated drop off area, along with the reprovision of a cycle track and sensory and horticultural zones.

Nick Heath, director of delivery at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be working on both of these amazing schemes. With only 20 special education schools currently operating in Lincolnshire, we want to do everything we can to increase school places across the county to allow students of all ages easier access to the education they deserve.

“Despite currently being in a national lockdown, the team will continue to operate by adhering to stringent safety procedures and enhanced social distancing measures. This optimisation of risk management means that we will be able to deliver the project to the agreed timescales and improve educational facilities for students across Lincolnshire as soon as possible.”

The Willoughby School project, which will also be completed in November 2021, will see the construction of a new modular building incorporating classroom space and hygiene suites, along with a dining hall, nurse and physio spaces. Externally, works include a car park extension and the remodelling of a grass play area.

The new school extension will also provide Willoughby School with the ability to offer increased provision for PMLD classrooms (Profound and Multiple Learning Disability), in addition to specialist subject spaces including food technology, science, and design and technology.

Heath added: “At Willmott Dixon, we pride ourselves on leaving a legacy in the local communities we work among; therefore we are delighted to be helping Lincolnshire County Council to establish a school system that provides education that is accessible to all who need it.”