Grand Union VillageLondon Borough of Hillingdon

The school will be an 80-place SEND Primary School, for pupils in the age range from Reception to Key Stage 2 with severe learning difficulties (SLD), often with associated autism (ASD) and profound & multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Ridge has provided PM services on behalf of the DfE throughout the design development, overseeing the Technical Team’s design to RIBA Stage 3, before appointment of the contractor.

Despite the proposed site being designated Green Belt the project team were able to secure planning permission for a single storey SEND school and associated grounds.

The building is designed to sit low in the landscape, with a turf roof and timber cladding to reduce the impact on the neighbouring properties.

The building is split between the street front/public spaces, classed as high stimulus areas, such as school office, hall and high-stimulus therapy, to the north and low stimulus areas, such as teaching and quiet therapy opening up to the Green Belt to the south.

The class sizes are small, with a maximum of 5 pupils in each of the 4 shared activity spaces. These 20 pupils share co-located dining spaces rather than a dining hall providing a more relaxed environment for the children to eat in. Escape spaces are hard wired into the external façade, providing a safe space for pupils to escape to, encouraging self-regulation.

Corridors are avoided through the integration of transition spaces into the activity areas. All of these providing an environment much more conducive of learning than the existing school.


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