A contract for the construction of two new children’s homes and a family contact centre has been awarded to Beard Construction by Surrey County Council.
The first part of the contract, thought to be worth £1.1m, is for the renovation of a vacant site on Ashley Road in Walton-0n-Thames to build a new children’s home.
The second part of the contract is for the £1.4m re-development of a site in Epsom into a new children’s home. The plans include the demolition of an existing modular centre and the construction of the children’s home. The construction is to use an airtight structural insulated panel (SIP) system aiming to make it more energy efficient.
The third part of the contract is for a £2.1m replacement family contact centre for the young children of Woking. The centre known as The Shaw Contact Centre, is to provide a secure setting for family engagements and provide seven contact rooms of different sizes able to hold one to one meetings and family liason sessions. The new building will be part-one storey with a flat green roof at the front and a two-storey block at the rear.
The projects are to be overseen by director for Beard’s Guildford division, Pat Hughes. He said: “These buildings fit perfectly with Beard’s expertise in creating spaces that make a considerable difference. These buildings are to provide essential facilities for some of our most vulnerable people”.
Contracts manager at Surrey County Council Mick Marran said: “Beard’s proposals for these projects show that they appreciate the urgent need for these buildings and particularly how the buildings can help change lives”.