BUILT/ builds innovative partnership with Calthorpe Academy

BUILT/, a new kind of builders warehouse in Birmingham, is joining forces with a local school for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to provide them with materials for projects and for student activities.

The building materials supplier, which opened its first Birmingham warehouse in Aston in September 2017, said it was excited to draw up plans to help Calthorpe Academy, which caters for 373 children aged two to 19, on a long-term basis.

Nick Thomas, Managing Director of BUILT/, said as an innovator in the building merchant sector, focusing on future ways of working, it recognised Calthorpe Academy as another pioneer in its field, using modern technology, resources and teaching methods to prepare its students with life-long skills.

“We opened for the first time in Birmingham in January and have been very keen to play an active role in the community in our newest home,” he said.

“Rather than just doing a one-off project or sponsorship, we want to immerse ourselves in a good cause. Calthorpe Academy undertakes exceptional work with its students and we believe there is potential for us to make a difference.

“We’re excited to work with the school and are looking forward to meeting with the senior management team to discuss how we can help over the coming months. Whether it’s supplying materials or offering a crew to help with specific student projects, we will do what we can.”

Richard Chapman, principal at Calthorpe Academy, which is based in Darwin Street, Highgate, said:

“We’re always seeking new and innovative ways to engage our students and partnering with BUILT/ will give us many opportunities to add new features to the premises and to source materials for our students to use.”

Last year, Calthorpe Academy opened a new post-16 Learning for Life Centre, which comprises three separate areas that focus on adulthood/life, vocational/life skills and work placement. Each offers a bespoke learning programme and personalised timetable for every student, some of whom need one-to-one care, while every learner also has an independent careers adviser who provides appropriate support.

Its horticulture zone enables students to grow produce, which is turned into jams and marmalade and an interactive Calthorpe Cafe allows learners interested in the hospitality industry to experience in a fully equipped kitchen. Students, all of whom have get involved with the making of a product, have also made recycled paper logs and are currently making Christmas wreaths and candles to sell at the school Christmas fair.

The centre also has provision for students to undertake tasks such as hairstyling at its own salon, which helps learners to tolerate touch and and also provides them with vocational skills, and car washing.

BUILT/ has a 60,000 sq ft site in Bourne Road, Birmingham, which offers the trade a wide range of staple building materials, electrical goods and plumbing and heating supplies, as well as kitchen and bathroom products, painting and decorating items, and tools, fixings and equipment – including workwear and PPE. It is open for collections and deliveries

Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm, Saturdays from 8am to 5pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
For more information visit www.built.co.uk or call 0121 392 2930.

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