Special Needs Environments
Our sensitive and sympathetic approach to working in special educational needs and disabilities environments has seen SWH Build chosen as the main contractor for many unique projects across the south west.
Our experience is key to creating an awareness and understanding of the special needs of the end users of these facilities. Often we are working within a live environment, requiring flexibility and consideration of noise, aesthetics and physical interaction in addition to more usual construction issues. Specific measures can include painting hoarding in the same colour as the existing walls or completing works in areas in one day to ensure normality resumes swiftly and disruption is kept to a minimum.
Examples of our works within special needs environments include:
- Downham House Specialist School - a facility for around 20 young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and complex needs for which we completed two extensions and a full refurbishment of the existing property. Our teams were required to be invisible, which required extensive consultation with the school to understand children’s routines and schedule our work accordingly.
- Preston Academy ASD - This design and build project consisted of the construction of a new build was Autism base for the existing school. The facility provides a specific learning environment for the pupils who have Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The Site Manager was in constant liaison with the school’s Premises Manager regarding matters such as noise, timing and scheduling.