Reef Way SEMH School
ECE Planning, in association with ECE Architecture, Willmott Dixon and on behalf of East Sussex County Council received unanimous approval for proposals for a new SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) school in Hailsham, East Sussex back in January 2020. We are therefore very happy to see that the school has recently been handed over.
The three-storey school provides spaces for 80 students aged 4-16 and caters for children with SEMH and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder.) This project forms part of East Sussex County Council’s wider strategy for providing specialist teaching facilities across the county and is run as a free school by an independent provider.
The school is situated on a 2-hectare sloping field, which required significant regrading and drainage works due to the geology of the site. Careful consideration was given to minimise any potential impact on the site’s existing ecology, which included newts, bats and birds.
It is wonderful to see this project come to fruition. It offers a welcoming, high-quality environment to support both pupils and staff in a new bespoke setting.
Photography by Peter Langdown, courtesy of Willmott Dixon
Terry Brightmore, Terra Firma Designs
“Once again an excellent service from the team at ECE. They were able to interpret our design brief and work around the site constraints and were also able to increase the scale of the scheme from 16 to 24 units, increasing the value of the project and taking leadership of the planning process.”
Matt Heath, Director Dawson Heath Property Ltd
“Once again an excellent service from the Planning team at ECE. Good value, great attitude to work, proactive and easy to get along with.”
Ben Cheal, Managing Director Roffey Homes Ltd
“ECE Planning have provided a friendly, yet highly professional service, displaying both their detailed planning knowledge and strategy on many occasions. Chris, Sam and Karen have been consistently excellent on managing the planning aspects of all projects we have worked with them on, and would hope to continue that relationship beyond the current live and recently completed projects.”
Jim Maple, Private Client
“ECE Planning provided a very professional, pro-active service which resulted in a successful outcome. Rebecca and Chris constantly kept me up to date with progress of the application, provided clear advice and quickly addressed matters as and when they occurred, particularly in relation to the quantum of development on the site. I am delighted with the result and would definitely recommend ECE Planning to realize your development aspirations.”
Tim Hague, Director of Property & Development Shoreham Port
“Sam and the team at ECE Planning have successfully steered three complicated commercial schemes through the planning system on behalf of the Shoreham Port Authority. We have been impressed by the professionalism, efficiency and dedication to progress our projects through the planning system under challenging timeframes. We are absolutely delighted with the results.”
Tim Warren, Planning and Land Manager, Jenner Group
“We have worked closely with ECE for a number of years and continue to build on an excellent working relationship with them based on true collaborative working and trust. ECE have undertaken feasibility work, planning advice, planning submission and working drawings for us on a number of projects and we have always found them to work to a high quality and professional in their approach. We will continue to enjoy working with them on future projects as our experience with them has always been very positive.”
Darren Jacob, Managing Director, ValidusLM
“ECE Planning have always worked pro-actively to address challenging planning matters, solving problems as they come up on this complex site. Chris and Sam managed the intricate submission and relationship with the client and key stakeholders with a dynamic and always positive ‘can-do’ attitude. I look forward to working further together.”
Sammi Charad, Development Manager, Shaptor Capital
‘ECE excelled in providing clear advice in our recent planning appeal and other successful projects. We are very happy with the advice and service we have received from Huw and Ben.’
Alan Goldberg, CSN Homes
‘Huw and Karen at ECE have been fundamental in delivering some challenging brownfield sites on our behalf. They have provided clear professional advice ,without delay and we look forward to working with them again.’
Clive Lawrence, Senior Design Manager, Kier
“ECE have worked with Kier to deliver a number of projects, often on challenging sites. Huw and Karen have provided clear professional advice and worked proactively on each of our projects. We have forged a good working relationship and we look forward to working with ECE again.’
Sam Wiggins, Oceanview
“ECE Planning were instrumental in getting our Reserved Matters and associated conditions applications positively determined under very challenging circumstances. We’ve been thoroughly impressed.”
Paul Templeton, Baobab Developments
“Thank you very much for the sterling effort ECE put into this application – I am chuffed we got it. I very much enjoyed working with both Chris and Sam and look forward to many more!”