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Summary 

We created an approach to expand the school in a strategic manner to offer a coherent visual appearance with greater flexibility in space and improved facilities. It has an array of new classes, therapy and physical activity spaces geared towards quality learning in a safe, flexible environment.

The Brief 

We initiated discussions with the client and end user groups, establishing detailed design criteria and a coherent approach to local SEN provision. Our team then developed a design which met pupils’ extremely challenging needs, responded sympathetically to very difficult tight site constraints, improved access and flow around the school,  whilst maximising external play and teaching space.

Our Response 

We created a modern design for the extension to the existing SEN school with high quality teaching spaces for children with ASD learning needs.  Due to the extremely tight site a two-storey extension was essential to provide the requirements for pupil expansion.  The extensive refurbishment works to the existing school building created a simplified layout, improving flow throughout the school and creating an excellent school environment for pupils with extremely challenging needs.

Key Facts

  • We created a two-storey extension with high quality learning environments.
  • We complied with challenging London Plan and BREEAM requirements.
  • We mitigated the impact of unwanted noise from aircraft from nearby Heathrow.
  • We ensured the school was consulted at every opportunity and carefully planned a phased approach to keep the school operational during construction.

Project Information

Client: London Borough of Hounslow

Value: £9 million