The construction of Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) School are given a go ahead in Winnersh. HLM architects and main contract Reds10 will take the responsibilities to build the school while this new Oak Tree School will accommodate 150 pupils in the area.
On the other hand, this is being set up by the Maiden Erlegh Trust. The school will be specially designed for pupils with a Social, Emotional and Mental Health and/or Autism Spectrum Condition diagnosis.
This will be the third school that HLM Architects and Reds10 have worked together. It is via the Department of Education’s (DfE) Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Framework which launched in 2020.
The partnership follows on from a successful mini-competition to DfE contractors. It will operate as a Special Free School and will be accountable to the DfE. The school is set to open in September 2022.
The primary and secondary school areas will be combined internally and externally, to ensure pupil safeguarding, along with dedicated group rooms and toilets off the primary classroom suite.
The school is set to be delivered in partnership with Brighter Futures for Children, which provides education services in Reading and is to be built on land at Winnersh Farm in Wokingham Borough, which is owned by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC).