Oaklands School provides a dedicated, £32m new secondary, post-16 and young adult SEN school built on a greenfield site. It will provide places for pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. Facilities include spaces for therapy and physical activity including a hydrotherapy pool, along with specialist mobility and ceiling hoist equipment installed to provide unhindered and flexible use of these facilities by all.

The brief

The brief was to develop a three-storey building suitable for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) with a minimal footprint to reduce the impact on the constrained site. We also had to provide separate support spaces for the post-16 and young adult pupils.

Our role included developing a standardised approach to SEND provision based on government guidance.

Our response

We designed the school with a coherent layout that can be easily managed, along with suitable teaching spaces that reflect the pupils’ specialist needs. One of the key challenges was mitigating external noise with the site so close to Heathrow.

We ensured a smooth transition to the new building and created savings through prefabricated construction methods and the design of repeatable components.

Key facts

  • The building has a floor area of 8,500m2 over three storeys.
  • We met BREEAM Very Good and compliance with increased London plan requirements.
  • The specialist SEND facilities comply with Building Bulletin 102 Guidance.

Project Information

Client: London Borough of Hounslow