Sandside Lodge SEN School, Cumbria

Constructing Excellence

The Sandside Lodge SEN school has provided a lot of excitement within the school users with both teachers and students having optimism the new facility will provide an improved learning environment supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of all. The scheme won through the NWCH Framework consists of the design and build of a new two-storey special educational needs (SEN) facility to accommodate pupils aged from two to nineteen years with profound and multiple learning difficulties. The facility will include a new 80-place school with specialist areas, including sensory rooms, a therapy suite, hydro-therapy swimming pool, physiotherapy rooms, rebound trampoline therapy alongside modern teaching spaces with the latest technology. The new building will replace the existing Sandside Lodge School, which is no longer fit for purpose, and will incorporate the county’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Resource Team supporting the school to achieve Centre of Excellence for Autism. Since commencement of works in May, our dedicated delivery team have regularly organised site visits with the school ensuring students and teachers are updated with progress as well as offer an opportunity for the specialist needs of the pupils to gently adapt to the approaching change of environment. The site has been associated with a number of internal awards achieving Safe Site Excellence Award 2019 and with Site Manager, Tom Smalley winning High Achiever Excellence Award 2019. Currently the Sandside School project is on programme and within agreed budget requirements set by Cumbria County Council.