Dual school site opens

Simon Donohue

Work has been completed on a pioneering education facility that brings a special needs and mainstream school together on the same site in Wirral.

Wates Construction built the new £11m home of Pensby Primary School and Stanley Special School in Greenbank Drive. Pupils and staff moved into the building at the beginning of the September term.

The horseshoe-shaped building was designed and project managed by Wirral Council.

The two schools will share facilities including a swimming pool and hydrotherapy pool, an open-air games area, covered outdoor learning spaces and a sensory garden.

Tony Shenton, business unit director for Wates Construction North West, said: "This fantastic new facility is perfect for 21st century learning and there is already an incredible atmosphere to the building which will undoubtedly enhance the experience for both the students and the staff."

Cllr Tony Smith, Wirral's cabinet member for children and family services, said: 'This is the first co-located special needs and mainstream school on Wirral and we are delighted, both with its innovative design, and with what it will mean to the children who attend."

Wates was appointed to the project via the North West Construction Hub.

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