Work has begun on the construction of a new school and campus in Cheadle Hulme, as part of Seashell Trust’s long-awaited Project Transformation.
Contractors from Wilmott Dixon started work on 1st February on the £50 million project on the site. Planned work includes: a new school, redevelopment of the existing college, a new site entrance and reception building, a four-court sports hall, gym and pavilion, new training facilities, community engagement and administration facilities and a new assessment and early years centre.
The new school has been years in the planning and will take more than five years to complete.
The start of the project was welcomed by Seashell Chief Executive and Principal, Jolanta McCall, who described the day as ‘truly momentous for all of the Seashell community’. She said:
We have worked incredibly hard to get Project Transformation off the ground and I am delighted to see work start today. This is more than a building project: It represents a bright future for children and young people with complex learning disabilities and I am looking forward to the exciting milestones ahead of us.
“Today sees the start of the work on our new school and this is very much the beginning. We will continue to innovate and fundraise and deliver the very best for all our students and residents as we develop the facilities for the future.”
The first phase of the construction project will see a Seashell Trust’s new school developed, which is expected to open in autumn 2022. The new site entrance and reception building are also anticipated to complete in autumn 2022.
Project Transformation is being delivered by construction experts Wilmott Dixon and any local residents who have any questions about the development should email the Seashell Trust.
Image: L-R: Phil Lavers (Wilmott Dixon), Jolanta McCall (Chief Executive and Principal, Seashell), Mark Ascroft (Director of Finance & Strategy, Seashell)