After identifying a requirement to support children with Special educational needs and disabilities, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council released their plan to open a new special educational needs school on the site of the former Wymering Community Centre.
The school will cater for up to 40 pupils with autism or social communication difficulties, aged between 9 and 16. The project has been welcomed by education experts in the city who say, “it is a key stepping stone to providing youngsters with a brighter future”.
The newly developed site had an extensive requirement for surfacing works. Working for client ISG, Toppesfield were contracted to deliver works to three of the site’s playgrounds along with several pathways and car parking bays. Toppesfield also delivered works to the site’s access road, widening the area to allow for larger vehicles, such as school buses to be able to turn.
The scope of work also included the delivery of a multi use games area (MUGA) using an AC60 Supersport Surface Course, designed to provide the ideal surface for a range of activities including basketball, netball and football.
Due to parking restrictions on the carriageway adjacent to the site, considerate and collaborative planning was required to avoid operational delays and queues of material tippers. Toppesfield worked safely alongside multiple skilled trades all operating to meet their delivery targets.