03 May 2018: CarillionAmey and Hants & Surrey Building Maintenance improve learning environment at local specialist school

Members of our South West National Housing Prime Projects team recently worked on a community project with Hants & Surrey Building Maintenance to build an aquarium for children at Alderwood School to enhance their learning and classroom environment.

Alderwood School is a small, local specialist school for pupils of all ages with learning and behavioural difficulties. Their Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) asked our team if we could help improve their quiet area for local children.

Andrew Cooper, one of our Project Managers, organised the project with Ben Fookes, Managing Director from Hants and Surrey, and Steve Hillman worked on the aquarium from Hants & Surrey Building Maintenance, who provided all of the materials and labour for the job. The new aquarium provides a calming effect in the classrooms’ quiet area and also enhances the learning of the pupils in the classroom as they will be involved in looking after the aquarium.

The team needed to make an early start in order to finish the aquarium before classroom lessons started, and before their day job started, to ensure the works didn’t disrupt the children’s learning and that it wasn’t impacting on the service we provide for our customers. They completed the job on time and to a high quality, and received thanks from the school on behalf of the pupils, who were impressed with the effort and completed job.

Sean Cooper, SENCo for Alderwood School, said, “On behalf of the students at Alderwood School I would like to thank the people from CarillionAmey for kindly installing the new stand and fish tank in their own time. The pupils all think it looks great and the storage space has allowed us to keep everything we need without making the room look untidy.”