Site Visit: The Chamwell Centre

23rd September 2019

On the evening of Tuesday 3rd September, we held another fantastic site visit event in the grounds of The Milestone Special School in Gloucester to find out about the new facility which has been designed by CEGlos members Quattro Design Architects and is being built by fellow Cllub members Speller Metcalfe (Gloucester) Limited.  Marie Owen, chair of the trustees for the Chamwell Centre Charity said:

“It gave us great pleasure to welcome the members of Constructing Excellence to the new Chamwell Centre at The Milestone School. It is the first building of its kind in England, and is unique in addressing the needs of a special school during school hours and those of disabled people in the community of Gloucestershire at other times, bringing together a wealth of skills, professional expertise and facilities, for sports, therapies, social opportunities and leisure.

We have had to draw on many areas of expertise in the building design, construction, business planning and not least finance – with a £5.1 million fundraising target over three years.

Now that the building is roughly halfway through its build period, it is a great pleasure to welcome such a distinguished group of experts in the field to see the work in progress and to receive your encouragement and helpful comments.

I very much hope that Constructing Excellence will visit Chamwell again once the building is completed. “

After a few quick words from our Chairman, Kevin Harris (Bamboo Technology Group), some networking and refreshments, Marie Owen took our members through a brilliant presentation all about the Chamwell’s origins, its early stages, plans and her vision of the centre upon completion.

The Chamwell Centre Charity (named after Chamwell School which was on the site until 1998), was registered in 2016 and the appeal launched in November 2016 to raise £3.6m (now £5.1m). The new £5.1 million facilities will enhance the lives of all pupils and members of the public with a disability.

The new facilities provide an unrivaled range of services that improve their well-being, physical fitness, and social interaction whilst having a positive impact on how they feel about their lives as a whole.

The Chamwell Centre will be able to provide exciting, modern facilities for all of the children attending the Milestone School, which they can all access despite their very challenging medical conditions and additional needs.

Whilst muchis known anecdotally about the physical effects of therapies such as hydrotherapy, athletics or sport on the physical development of children with disability, the area is surprisingly lacking in formal research. This is why through their links with the University of Gloucestershire, they are carrying out research to develop scientific evidence base for the sports and therapies that the centre will offer, in order to establish sound criteria and guidelines for their use.

It is without a doubt that the new centre will transform the lives of disabled children and adults across Gloucestershire. Through its café and community areas, Chamwell will provide a local resource for leisure and relaxation, accessible to all. The Centre and all of the work on site is due for completion in 2020.

Robert Walder, Director at Quattro Design Architects followed with a talk on the specialist design aspects of the new state-of-the-art centre before taking our members on a guided tour of the site. As well as seeing first hand the site part way through the build programme, CEGlos Club Members and guests had the opportunity to use Quattro’s Virtual Reality headset to have an in situ preview at what the finished building will look like.

Our Site visit to The Chamwell Centre was excellent. It gave us an eye-opening insight into the construction and design of a specialist centre, and we are extremely excited to visit the finished centre upon completion.

We’d like to say a huge thankyou to Marie Owen and Robert Walder, for delivering a captivating and informative presentation and tour of The Chamwell Centre.