Pupil referral unit nears completion

First Base in Brandon is moving to Moreton Hall in Bury and, although an official opening won't be scheduled until September,  the developers have invited children and parents along to have a tour of the site, which is  due to be completed in June.    At the back is Ben Whatling from Seamans, Simon Marsh (Project Manager from Suffolk County Council) and Darren Moffat (site manager).  Middle are teachers Mags Kidd, Samm Saddler (correct) and Alex Paul.   They wouldn't give kids names.
First Base in Brandon is moving to Moreton Hall in Bury and, although an official opening won't be scheduled until September, the developers have invited children and parents along to have a tour of the site, which is due to be completed in June. At the back is Ben Whatling from Seamans, Simon Marsh (Project Manager from Suffolk County Council) and Darren Moffat (site manager). Middle are teachers Mags Kidd, Samm Saddler (correct) and Alex Paul. They wouldn't give kids names.
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WORK to construct a purpose-built pupil referral unit on Moreton Hall is nearing completion.

In June, First Base, which offers in-centre and outreach educational provision to pupils aged three to seven, is due to move from its premises in Brandon to the new building in Airfield Road.

Work on the new site began last November and, according to workmen from contractor Seamans Building, work is moving ahead of schedule.

Staff and pupils from First Base were invited for a sneak preview of the site.

Judi Bush, head of First Base, said the new location would provide the centre with better access to the schools and agencies it worked alongside.

She added: “What we’ve got here is what we came up with, together with the architects, to meet the needs of the children. I’m really pleased, it’s going to be a great opportunity.”

The youngsters explored their new activity room, which is well lit by skylights and has low level windows, designed with them in mind.

Teacher Samm Sadler was most impressed by the site’s security measures, which will allow ‘the outside space to become part of the inside space’.

There is also a multi-purpose resource and workroom where training, parent lessons and advice sessions will take place and a touchdown area for staff.

But the pupils’ favourite feature was the tower, a tall glass structure which is blue on the outside.

Ben Whatling, contract manager for Seamans, a company celebrating a milestone year, said: “To be working on a project like this in our centenary year is very rewarding and to see the excitement on the little children’s faces made it all worthwhile.”