16th November 2017
A basketball court fence at a Hampshire special school is up and running after a £4.4m project of remodelling and refurbishment.
The main works were completed in August by W Stirland, a privately-owned construction company near Chichester.
They involved the conversion and extension of the existing Victorian school building at Linden Education Centre in Aldershot, creating teaching accommodation for 92 secondary age pupils who cannot attend mainstream school because of emotional or behavioural reasons.
Farnham-based PRO Fencing, the fencing division of WL West & Sons Ltd, installed the basketball court using 3m-high Duo Sports steel fencing from Zaun Ltd, with matching 1.2m-high spectator railings to one side.
Duo Sports forms a robust play area with highly durable, low maintenance and ‘graffiti proof, and rubber inserts between panels and posts to keep ‘rattle’ during play to a minimum and eliminate noise during play. Duo Sports is ideal for use on most sports pitches, especially on MUGAs and to form a Basketball Court Fence.
Linden Education Centre caters for students aged 11–16 whose behavioural problems have resulted in them being permanently excluded from a mainstream school or in danger of being excluded.
The aim is to re-integrate students aged 11–14 into a mainstream school. Older students, especially those in Year 11, invariably complete their education at the centre before further education.