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Project Location

Client: Somerset County Council
Contract Value: £61,000
Year completed: 2013
Expertise: Build, Refurbishment, Education Facilities

Long Sutton School

SWH Build undertook refurbishment works at Long Sutton School to provide an additional support unit for teaching autistic children.  The works comprised of infilling an existing mono pitch lean-to to form:

  • Two new education rooms
  • A circulation area
  • Toilet facilities

Our works included:

  • The construction of the outer build using masonry wall and timber infill panels
  • The build of internal walls
  • The construction of access steps
  • The installation of flooring
  • The installation of energy efficient anti-glare lighting
  • The installation of electric heaters
  • The installation of timber framed double glazed windows
  • The installation of new doors
  • The installation of drainage

As the facility was being built for children with specialist needs, we took extra care to ensure that it was designed and built as a safe and functional learning environment. As examples, we ensured that the hot water heaters were installed in a high position out of reach of children and used anti-glare lighting.  We also liaised closely with the manager with regards to the colours to use for painting the walls, deciding on a calming pale blue.  Contrasting paint colours were used to ensure that there was significant difference between the walls and door frames.      

The works took a total of 16 weeks, coinciding with part of the summer holidays.  To ensure minimal disruption during term time, the site was sectioned off and the site manager arranged for all site deliveries to take place outside of the times that the students arrived and left the school.   

The works were completed on time and we received excellent feedback from the client. 

“We have recently had some building work completed by SWH.  Although most of the work was completed during the summer holidays, the work started before the end of the summer term while we still had students on site.  Knowing how disruptive this could have been, particularly as our students are on the autistic spectrum, we were all very impressed with the way that the site foreman, Dave Eaves, managed the work so that it caused as little inconvenience to the base as possible. 

Dave ensured that all deliveries were made outside the times that our students arrived at and left the site.  I was always kept fully informed of what would be happening and asked whether this would be convenient.  He also made sure there was as much parking available as possible for our parents’ coffee morning.  He was always polite and good natured, no matter what was happening at the base and the limitations that this may have put on the building team.

A number of the staff who popped into the base during the summer holidays have commented on how polite and helpful everyone working on the site was. Dave evidently takes a great deal of pride in the quality of work that he oversees and this is obvious when you look at the new rooms that we now have at Long Sutton Support Centre.  It was impressive that the work started, and finished, on time.  He is a real credit to your company.”


Carol Thomas, Head of Centre, Long Sutton Support Centre

Project Location

Client: Somerset County Council
Contract Value: £61,000
Year completed: 2013
Expertise: Build, Refurbishment, Education Facilities