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Your questions answered

We have answered some of your most common questions about the plans to rebuild Woodlands Meed College.

What is the project?

West Sussex County Council has allocated £21.6million to a major project to rebuild Woodlands Meed College.

The new building will significantly improve facilities for pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at the college in Burgess Hill.

The project received planning permission in March 2021.

For more information on the background to the project, you can visit West Sussex County Council’s dedicated page: Woodlands Meed College rebuild - West Sussex County Council.

Where is the new college being built?

The new building is being constructed at the existing College site, on an area occupied by playing fields. The new college building will deliver state of the art facilities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in West Sussex. Playing fields will be reprovided on the site of the old building, which is no longer fit for purpose.

Where can I see the plans for the new college?

You can view an interactive masterplan of the college site here. You can also view a video of how the college will look internally here. There is more information on the background to the project at West Sussex County Council’s website here.

Who is building the new college?

The new College building is being constructed by ISG. ISG is a global construction specialist with an unparalleled track record and reputation for delivery built up over 30 years, working with some of the world’s most successful and enduring businesses, cities and institutions.

ISG is a founding partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and we want to keep the community fully updated throughout the construction project.

How long will the new college take to build?

Work will commence on site in early December 2021. It is anticipated that the main building will be ready for occupancy in May 2023, with all construction activity finished on site by November 2023.

What will the disruption be to the neighbours who live close by?

ISG are fully cognisant of the potential for construction works and site traffic to be disruptive to those who reside nearby. We are developing a robust logistics plan which once complete will be communicated to all interested stakeholders which include local residents, and will be published on this website.

How will construction traffic access the site?

Construction traffic and deliveries will access the site from the B2113 Keymer Road via Ferndale Road and Wykeham Way. We are conscious that access to the site is not straightforward and that these are residential areas, so we have developed a robust logistics plan to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. We will provide advance notice of any significant activities or large deliveries via this website. Please sign up for email updates here (link) if you would like to be kept informed.

How will the works impact the existing college building and the neighbouring primary school?

We are developing a robust logistics plan in conjunction with our delivery and health & safety team. We continue to engage with both Woodlands Meed College and Birchwood Primary School to ensure all specific needs and concerns with regard to access & egress to their facilities and potential disruption to their activities are taken on board.

How can I find out about major construction activities/deliveries that might cause disruption to local residents?

We will update the news section of this website with advance notice of any major activities on site or large deliveries to site. If you would like to be notified of such activities, please sign up for email updates here.

Who can I contact if there is a problem?

For general queries, you can contact our construction engagement team on 01225 667097 or hello@buildingwoodlandsmeed.com.