We created a dedicated primary and secondary special educational needs (SEN) school for 288 pupils. It has an array of therapy and physical activity spaces geared towards quality learning in a safe, flexible environment.

The brief

We had to initiate discussions with the client and end user groups, establishing detailed design criteria and a coherent approach to local SEN provision. Our team then needed to create a design which met pupils’ needs, responded sympathetically to site constraints and maintained shared use with the existing school.

Our response

We created a welcoming, flagship SEN school with teaching spaces for children with ASD and complex learning needs and a layout that supports the staff’s education delivery policy. It’s sustainably designed, adopts Passivhaus principles and mitigates unwanted noise from nearby Heathrow.

Throughout, we ensured minimal impact on the existing school and maximum cost savings through pre-fabricated or repeatable components.

Key facts

  • We created a two-storey SEN school with over 9,500m² of teaching space.
  • We complied with increased London Plan requirements.
  • We’re on target for a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Project Information

Client: London Borough of Hounslow