The Royal Borough of Greenwich have appointed the contractor Galliford Try to design and build a new purpose-built special school for secondary and sixth form pupils (11-19 years) who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with complex learning needs.

The new school is to be built on land owned by the Council on Hargood Road, SE3.

The new school will accommodate 128 pupils and will include the school buildings, pupil drop off, staff parking, outdoor play space and landscaping.

Building this new school will help the Royal Borough of Greenwich meet the increasing demand for specialist SEND provision, particularly for children and young people diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with complex learning needs.

Data has shown the number of children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich who have an Educational and Health Care (EHC) Plan has been rising. The number of children with an EHC Plan is expected to rise by a further 450 over the next 5 years. It is therefore essential the Borough plans to meet this increased need in the coming years.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich have appointed the contractors Galliford Try to build the new school. Galliford Try is one the leading contractors in the country and have extensive experience of delivering education projects throughout the UK.

Galliford Try are members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a voluntary scheme meaning that registered contractors and organisations are active in trying to improve the way they work, by raising their standards in being more considerate to communities, the environment and their own workforce.

Subject to securing planning permission it is hoped that the development will be commenced in the summer/ autumn 2024.

Due to the increased pressure for places, the Council are hoping that the proposed school will be built and operational by September 2025.

There will be 61 parking spaces including accessible spaces and spaces fitted with charging facilities for electric cars. It is also proposed that there will be sufficient space within the site for minibuses to enter to allow pupils to be dropped off and to wait to pick pupils up.

The proposals seek to retain as many existing trees as possible. All existing trees along the boundaries of the site are proposed to be retained and protected unless they are found to be in poor or unsafe condition. A small number of smaller trees within the site are proposed to be removed, these will be replaced with new tree planting.

The current proposals include 3 connected buildings, each building is 2 storeys. Due to the slope of the site the buildings step down from Hargood Road.

The consultation will run from Thursday 29th February to  Thursday 14th March.

You can submit your views via the comments box and/or answering the questions by clinking here

During the consultation you can also contact the team with any comments or questions

Call: 01926 298895, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

E-mail: hargoodroad@hattonplanning.co.uk

We are also holding a public consultation event where you will be able to see the plans. Members of the team including the architect, the planning consultant and Galliford Try will be available to answer any questions and hear your views.

The consultation will be held on: Wednesday 6 March between 4pm and 8pm

At: Kidbrooke Park Primary School, Holburne Road, London, SE3 8JG