Wates Construction has completed its first project for Gateshead Council with the delivery of a £12m new school for children with special educational needs (SEN).

The new Gibside SEN School saw Wates complete all construction services, including structural, M&E and landscape design. Its build allows the relocation of 177 primary school pupils and more than 100 staff from the existing school, which was previously split over two sites in Blaydon seven miles away and Whickham six miles away.

"We have an increasing need for specialist education school places in Gateshead and I’m very proud that we’re now able to offer a purpose built, state-of-the-art school, which has been designed around the needs of children aged 3-11 years. This new school will bring additional benefits to some of our most vulnerable children and ensure that they continue to get an outstanding start in education."

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

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