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Cumbria County Council receives national award

A prestigious national award was handed to Cumbria County Council at this year’s National Constructing Excellence Awards, the lead organisation for construction in the UK, for a new school building.

The county council’s new state-of-the-art school building for Sandside Lodge School in Ulverston, was named overall winner in the Health, Safety and Wellbeing category of the 2019 National Constructing Excellence Awards.

County council main contractor Seddon built the £8.6m new school, creating a purpose-built, 80-place special school with modern teaching facilities for children with severe learning needs.

Cumbria County Council was also highly commended in the Client of the Year award category of the Awards for their Infrastructure Recovery Programme. This was created in partnership with Mott MacDonald following Storm Desmond to repair, rebuild and reinstate damaged infrastructure. The £120m IRP programme consists of approximately 1,200 individual projects delivered over a four-year period.

Ed Wootton, Regional Director at Seddon, said: “This win acknowledges just how important the new facility will be in providing an improved learning environment to support the health, safety and wellbeing of all who use it.

“Incorporating the county’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities service will enable the site to become a Centre of Excellence for Autism, helping more families than ever before. Giving more young people the chance to thrive is the true measure of this project’s success and this award recognises the work of the incredible team behind it.”

Stephen Hall, Assistant Director, Economy and Environment, Cumbria County Council, said: “It’s fantastic that two county council projects have been recognised in these prestigious national awards which celebrate the very best in the UK construction industry. The brilliant new building for Sandside Lodge is already making a world of difference to the lives of pupils at the school, and our IRP team has worked tirelessly to oversee the repair, restoration and rebuild of countless roads, bridges and other infrastructure throughout Cumbria damaged in the devastating 2015 floods.”

Image: Sandside Lodge School, credit Cumbria County Council 


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