Percy Hedley Foundation




A part of the Percy Hedley Foundation’s specialist care and educational facility, the Percy Hedley Upper School redevelopment is an award-winning project which followed the completion of the adjacent new build Bradbury Centre constructed by Tolent.

The project encompassed the design and build of a single storey educational annex and the refurbishment of rooms within the Upper School, including associated external works, landscaping and infrastructure.

The new build annex and refurbished upper school facilitate the learning, well-being and future life chances of children with additional needs. The single storey annex comprised 12 classrooms, 4 high-care WCs with overhead hoists required for disabled users, 10 wheelchair accessible bathrooms, therapy room and a sensory room. The annex was of traditional masonry construction with block and beam floor and a timber roof structure on reinforced concrete strip footing foundations.

The external finish of the annex comprised rendered blockwork and timber cladding to the external walls, aluminium framed windows, glazed aluminium doors of steel construction and single ply membrane roof.

Refurbishment works included the removal and blocking up of old windows and the installation of new aluminium curtain walling. New insulated render and timber cladding was applied to the existing masonry walls.The internal finishing was altered to suit the new glazing and replacement of the existing M&E works. The building was completed with redecorating and new floor finishes throughout.

The refurbishment works were divided into three key areas:

  • Area 1: staffroom, toilets, meeting room, maintenance office and laundry.
  • Area 2: 6 classrooms to the south elevation, the escape corridor, infill classroom, therapy room and the speech and language therapy room.
  • Area 3: 3 classrooms to the east elevation, office and mainentrance and the canteen and kitchen.

“Tolent took the time to understand our business, the complex issues faced daily & how the proposed works could impact on safeguarding specific disabilities.”

Ashley Wear

Percy Hedley Foundation


Newcastle upon Tyne






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