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Education Projects: Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Pack


©2019 Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture 80 Lamble Street London NW5 4AB +44 (0)20 7267 0055 mail@clth.co.uk www.clth.co.uk

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Educational Projects

Practice Profile

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Special Educational Needs and Disability

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Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture work to achieve exemplary, innovative, sustainable and practical designs through a creative dialogue with our clients, consultants, contractors and communities. We translate aspirations into appropriate, beautiful and joyful buildings through integrated, context-specific design. Our experienced and accessible teams create an individual solution for each project, large or small. Continuous attention to detail ensures the highest quality at each work stage. We welcome new challenges and apply knowledge gained from completed projects to new situations. Our hard-working buildings ensure maximum quality and value. We will listen, and we will act on what we learn.

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Sarah Curl, Bsc (Hons) Dip Arch (Lond) RIBA (CA), Director Sarah is the Director in charge of education projects and practice management. She has over 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of award winning schools from early years to colleges. Sarah is an RIBA Client Adviser and is an active participant in education initiatives including Open City Education Forum and the Education Construction Network.

Wayne Head, BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Lond) RIBA (CA), Director Wayne became a CLTH Director after 15 years as a director of a major UK architectural practice. He brings 20 years’ experience in award winning projects for schools, further and higher education, healthcare, residential and community buildings. Wayne is an RIBA Client Advisor, member of the national Civic Trust Awards panel and member of planning design review panels.

Clara Garcia Gonzalez, BArch MArch ARB CSCS, Associate Clara has been working with Curl la Tourelle Head since January 2015. She has a keen interest in architectural technology and provides valuable technical ability to her projects. She has been involved in prefabricated off-site construction for school projects; utilised CLT (Cross laminated timber). She has a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability Lesley Turner, BA(Hons) Dipl Arch (Hons) ARB, CSCS, Senior Architect Lesley joined CLTH in 2009 and has 30 years in a wide range of sectors with differing construction methods in the UK and abroad. She has considerable education experience from PFI schemes involving 50 schools to more recent Academy building programmes. She has worked with numerous Local Authorities including the LBs of Haringey, Croydon and Sutton. Rashad Al-Karooni, BA(Hons) Architect Before joining CLTH, Rashad worked in a number of practices and has been involved in a number of high profile schemes in a variety of sectors including housing, leisure and education. Rashad is currently working on a 2FE school and assisting on a significant listed library remodel where he is responsible for design teams and consultants coordination. Theclalin Cheung, BSc(Hons) AADip, Architect Thec joined CLTH in 2016 and has worked on Kellaway Road Primary School, Wanstead School and John Lyon School. She has been involved in projects from initial feasibility and briefing to delivery on site.

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Priory School Croydon Special Educational Needs and Disability, SEND

The new school for 132 students with severe and complex difficulties aged 11-19, was created on a confined site in a suburban residential area of Croydon. The new development includes buildings up to three storeys that respond to their exceptional location on the edge of a mature wood. The limited external areas have been made to work hard with compact use of ground level space and extended roof level play terraces and a roof level multi-games area. Landscaping that takes advantage of the woodland setting and opens strong visual links amongst the rich variety of external spaces. A ‘sky walk’ gives direct access to the wood from the first floor through a tree canopy and emphasises the school’s ‘forest school’ approach to outdoor learning and social activities. All Priory photos ©Kilian O’Sullivan

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Glenwood School All-through Special Educational Needs (SEN)

“It felt like home. We have a shiny new body, but the same heart. I could feel it - it made my day!” Judith Salter CBE , Headteacher Finalist CN Awards 2018

The new Glenwood school site and building provide a special educational needs all-through school for 210 pupils, aged 3 to 19, with a broad spectrum of disabilities, including dedicated facilities for Autism and PMLD. The entire site is Green Belt Land, and the actual area available for building was limited, to the footprint of a previous primary school development. This restriction resulted in a 2-storey solution, conceived of as a village, where a main “street” feeds distinct teaching wings for the different age groups. Courtyards provide the opportunity for all ground floor classrooms to open out onto dedicated outdoor environments for the younger learners of the school. Stairs are part of the independent learning skills programme at Glenwood. Standardized classrooms allow flexibility for fluctuations in the needs and ages of the school roll. There is accommodation for visiting professionals, therapy suites and specialist support for teachers. A hydrotherapy pool, sensory suites and halls are well located for community access without compromising safety.

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Lexden Springs School All-through Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

This project includes the relocation and expansion for Lexden Springs School SEND, CN & PMLD to the former Heath School site in Colchester, Essex, including Boarding Accommodation The new school will have spaces for 200 pupils and associated staff, including capacity for 30 respite boarders. The proposed new Lexden Springs School will open in September 2019, replacing the existing degraded school buildings of Heath School and disused boarding houses on Winstree Road.

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The principles of the design were established with the Client, with key aspects as: - Welcoming: The building includes a protective canopy to provide a safe and sheltered entry arrangement for learners. Visitors walk down a treelined path to enter the reception and the heart of the school. External canopies link visitor, pupil and boarding entrances to the school. The highlighted public entrance provides a recognisable focus and facilitates way-finding. - Progression: The journey from outside to inside, from the drop-off, through circulation spaces, classroom out to covered external classrooms, activities area and playing fields beyond provides a clear spatial hierarchy for learners that is also easy to supervise.

The school layout is very compact to help in the organisation of spaces, for example, the creation of a central core housing all halls and common areas. This also aids in minimising the building footprint, leaving as much external open space as possible. The building itself creates a secure boundary between public and safe areas, and is easily zoned for security. The proposed building will sit comfortably within its context, respecting its residential neighbours and creating an “oasis� for learning.

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Alfreton Park Community School All-through Special Educational Needs (SEN)

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A new and extended school for the existing Alfreton Park Community School, with 100 pupil spaces, including Nursery and Sixth Form accommodation. Alfreton Park Community School is a specialist community in which all pupils and staff strive to create a secure, welcoming and inclusive learning environment. Aspirational goals and inspirational teaching lead to all members of the community being active partners in learning; maximising independence and creating a love of learning. The park is a wonderful setting for the school however this contributes to some of the challenges associated with developing the site. Following a detailed option appraisal exercise on two separate sites, it was decided to develop the new school on a open ‘‘field’’ immediately adjacent to the park. The new location enables the school to have a visibility and to celebrate the pupils’ activities and learning, whilst enjoying a close visual relationship with the park and the other buildings housed there - a type of park ‘‘campus’’.

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December 2018

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Option 1 Ridge Axonometric View

Alfreton Park Community Special School

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Option 3 Ridge Axonometric View - B

Alfreton Park Community Special School

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Each classroom opens onto a dedicated covered external classroom leading to more expansive playgrounds nestling within the landscape. A simple building section enables a family of learning wings which converge on a central ‘‘therapy’’ hub and which frame a generous courtyard with a variety of outdoor activity zones. The division of the school into different wings has the effect of reducing massing impact on this sensitive site. At the same time, its prominent position on the central ridge offers views out to all parts of the site and to the park, fields and wooded areas beyond. All the buildings are to be single storey and located on the same level, following the existing site contours to minimise ground cut and fill as far as possible.

Option 2 Ridge Axonometric View

Alfreton Park Community Special School

Option 4 NW Site Axonometric View

Alfreton Park Community Special School

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Beckmead College Vocational College

A vocational college for 14-19s comprising 50 full-time SEMH places and 50 part-time Alternative Provision places for students from mainstream schools. NVQ course facilities include workshops, a catering kitchen, specialist teaching, art and music therapy, all accommodated in a single-storey building. At the time of commissioning, there was no DfE design guidance or published precedents for such a college. A bespoke brief was therefore developed involving close user consultation throughout the design process. The defining internal feature is a ‘central social zone’ comprising café, boxing training ring, reference resources, display and sales areas. The boxing ring is a dynamic, top-lit focus of attention, and fosters fitness and self-discipline in students. The café is served by a counter staffed by students who have prepared the food in the adjoining training kitchen.

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A selection of works by CLTH.

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