New Woodlands Meed College is taking shape

ISG recently celebrated the progress of our Woodlands Meed College project, with a special milestone event, held at the Burgess Hill special school.

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College pupils, teachers, and governors from West Sussex County Council including leader Paul Marshall, Cabinet Member for Learning & Skills Nigel Jupp and other Council representatives, along with Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies and architect Haverstock all joined the event to mark the milestone.

The County Council is leading and funding the £21.6m project to create much-improved facilities for 100 college pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities. ISG was commissioned to construct the new college through the Southern Construction Framework.

At the event, a ceremonial spade was presented to college pupils Nathan Martin, Niamh Newman and William Jeffrey before they were then given a tour of the site.

Nathan said: “I think it’s good, it’s going to make a big difference to lots of people for a long time.”

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Speaking at the ceremony, Woodlands Meed head Adam Rowland said: “It’s brilliant that we’ve got William, Nathan and Niamh here to see this project and represent key stages three, four and five. The legacy that this building will provide for those pupils to provide the right environment, the right space for them to develop and grow and thrive is so, so important.”

Construction began in late November 2021 and in six months, the ground works have progressed well, with the foundations for the new college building laid. A new hydrotherapy swimming pool is nearing completion and other specialist facilities including all-weather pitches, a sports hall, bigger classrooms, outside play areas, gym and an amphitheatre will all be emerging in the coming months.

Nigel Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said: “A major part of our work is towards special schools, Woodlands Meed being one of the most successful and a great example to all our other schools. 

“I hope that this project will show you, the pupils, in your future life how things can materialise and change. A lot of people have provided a great deal of skill and enthusiasm to where we are today, and I really look forward to this time next year when I hope your chairman will be cutting the ribbon to open the college.”

Nigel Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Richard Skone, Regional Director, ISG, said “We are delighted to be working with West Sussex County Council and Woodlands Meed College to deliver this fantastic facility for young people with special education needs and disabilities. It is a pleasure to welcome representatives from Woodlands Meed College’s leadership team and student body, from West Sussex County Council, the local MP and our neighbours at Birchwood Grove Primary School, to our site today as we celebrate the completion of preparatory ground works and the start of work on the college building itself.

“ISG is proud to be working with our partners to deliver on the aspirations of young people and their parents across West Sussex.”

The project is due for completion by Spring 2023, with the external works finished by Autumn 2023.

This article was originally published by the West Sussex County Council. You can read the full article here

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