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Morgan Sindall to deliver new accommodation for Marland School

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Morgan Sindall has been appointed to construct a new residential building for students at Marland School in Great Torrington.

The £2.8 million project will be delivered over two phases. Phase one will see the Morgan Sindall team deliver a new building complete with 28 single student bedrooms, each with their own en-suite facility.

Phase two will involve the refurbishment of the existing residential facilities, which will be converted into 16 single bedrooms. Older bathrooms in the building will also be refurbished and student lounges will be relocated to the first floor of the building alongside the bedrooms.

Marland is one of 10 special schools in the Devon-wide SENtient Co-operative Foundation Trust and is maintained by Devon County Council. The school caters for the needs of Year 4 to Year 11 students who experience Social, Emotional, Behavioural and/or Mental Health Difficulties (SEBD / SEMH).

The school is based on two separate sites in North Devon. The residential school, in the hamlet of Peters Marland just outside Great Torrington, offers residential provision for Year 6 to Year 11 male students from across Devon.

Marland School Principal Keith Bennett, said “It’s great news that Marland students will soon benefit from purpose designed and built residential accommodation to replace some of our cramped, aging buildings. This new build will provide our older students with purpose designed single en-suite bedrooms, promoting much needed privacy and personal space in a high-quality environment, all helping them to develop into well balanced young adults.

“On behalf of our students, staff and governors I would like to thank Devon County Council for their major support in securing the funding and driving through this much-needed project, especially during such turbulent economic times. It’s exciting to see the team from Morgan Sindall starting construction on site and we have already established a close working relationship with their friendly, professional team. We look forward to the residential building being open to students in early 2018.”

Nigel Whelan, area manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “Marland is a fantastic school, which also offers young people a place where they can develop and grow into happy, independent, confident young adults. The provision of high-quality residential facilities that offer a pleasant and positive living environment has an important role to play in this journey and we’re delighted to have been appointed to build the school’s new accommodation building. We’re looking forward to working closely with the school and our project partners and delivering a great residential building in time for the academic year in 2018.”

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to the scheme via the Southern Construction Framework, which is available as a vehicle for public bodies in the South of England to procure major building works.