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Summary

Built to address a chronic shortage of special educational needs school places in Essex, the £15m Glenwood SEN School provides 210 places for pupils aged three to 19-year-olds with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The brief

Appointed as Project Manager we played a central role in the concerted effort at stakeholder consultation undertaken during design and delivery of the project. Design innovation was achieved through visits to the existing SEN school by the project team allowed them to truly understand and replicate the school’s ethos and approach in the new building.

Our response

During design, visits to the existing SEN school by the project team allowed them to truly understand and replicate the school’s ethos and approach in the new building. This informed the building’s layout and led to innovative features including a bespoke hoist system enabling three people at a time to move between changing facilities and the hydrotherapy pool, reducing waiting times.

Key facts

  • Glenwood has been hailed as an exemplar SEN project and has been showcased to other authorities from across the UK.
  • Councillor Ray Gooding, Essex County Council, said: “Glenwood sets the benchmark for what we want to achieve. We’ll hopefully be able to replicate this across Essex and set ourselves as the premier county to teach children with special educational needs.”

 

Project Information

Client: Essex County Council