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Willmott Dixon wins £16m SEND School in Lincolnshire via our Major Works Framework

09 February 2023

Procured via our Major Works Framework, Willmott Dixon has been chosen to build its fifth Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school for Lincolnshire County Council as part of the Council’s £100m SEND investment programme.

The new school, which will be ready for the 23/24 academic year, boasts a fabric first design approach, surpassing standard school U-values.


Jonathan Parker, Head of Construction at Pagabo, said: “It’s brilliant to see progress on this significant project for Lincolnshire County Council and to have Willmott Dixon appointed following procurement through our Major Works Framework. Not only is it a project that will make a difference to the lives of many in the region, but it is also one that exemplifies all that’s great about industry collaboration and striving for high quality design standards, fit for the future.”


Nick Heath, director of delivery in the Midlands at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re pleased to be strengthening our relationship with Lincolnshire County Council on creating this future-proofed SEND school.

“We take a consultative approach to projects, especially sustainable solutions. Initially, the council wanted to refurbish the existing school, but the work required to refurbish and extend it wouldn’t have been value-for-money in the long-term. We therefore recommended the creation of this new facility.

“The school’s sustainable measures will help to future-proof it against upcoming government targets, while also allowing the council to incorporate sustainable solutions in the future at minimise costs and disruption.”


Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Lincolnshire, said: “One of the council’s top priorities is ensuring all local children get a great start in life, and a good education is vital to that. That’s why the authority is investing around £100m in improving and expanding special school across Lincolnshire.

“Despite the challenges we’ve faced over the last few years, we’ve continued to make steady progress, with a wide range of improvements already completed, most recently in Boston, Bourne, Louth and Spilsby. I’m delighted pupils in Horncastle will soon be able to benefit from this programme as well.

“The new school will offer much better facilities and will mean more pupils will be able to attend their local school, rather than having to travel large distances for their education – something that will be of great benefit to both the children and their families.”


The new school hosts full curriculum, as well as essential life skills facilities, including:

  • A health hub offering physiotherapy, soft play and sensory areas.
  • A full education suite including science labs, design and technology and art classrooms, essential life and social skills areas.
  • Hall spaces, changing and hygiene suites for all needs, allowing for rebound therapy and general sports, as well as the ability to be used for multiple functions including dining.
  • State of the art profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) suites offering direct covered external play spaces ensuring the ability for all children to have access to safe and suitable outside spaces.

Externally, the works will provide a new car park that will reconfigure and enhance existing parking and drop off arrangements. Including 65 parking spaces, with accessible, enlarged and minibus spaces, as well as provisions for cycling. The site will have capacity for 28 minibuses for a managed pick-up/drop-off system.


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