Building Schools For The Future

Dale Potts
One of the first schools in the country to be built under the Government’s Building Schools for the Future scheme is nearing completion in Solihull.

The Solihull Centre of Inclusive Learning is an £8 million project that sees two special schools - Forest Oak and Merstone - being moved into the new school building on Smith's Wood School campus in Windward Way, Smith's Wood.

The school, which opens in June this year, aims to be environmentally friendly and has a sedum roof which will provide extra insulation to the building, keeping it cool in summer and warm in winter. The roof is made of specially selected sedum plants, which improve humidity and support wildlife. The school will also have a state of the art heating system, which draws heat from the ground.

The new centre will cater for up to 180 pupils aged between 3-19 years with the most complex needs.

The scheme is being project managed by Stephen Crichton of Faithful+Gould in conjunction with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and has been procured under a partnering contract with Moss Construction. The Building Schools for the Future programme will see all secondary schools in the borough rebuilt or refurbished as part of the nationwide scheme.

Stephen Crichton said: "This school will provide first class services for children who have the most complex needs. The partnering arrangement between Moss Construction and Solihull Education Department has been a great success and we look forward to the day when the classrooms are full of young people, bringing the centre to life."