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London SEN school wins planning approval

Innovative Penoyre & Prasad-designed building has been given permission at Barlby New Schools

Posted by Alex Diggins | June 08, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

The new primary building has been granted consent and will be The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s first special school in North Kensington, London, as part of the Council’s continued commitment to education and special needs within the Borough. The schools will be located in a single new building that offers the mutual benefit of shared services while maintaining independent and autonomous learning facilities, arrival areas and playgrounds.

The scheme includes the redevelopment and expansion of the existing Barlby Primary School to a two-form entry school and nursery. There will also be special school constructed on site specifically designed to meet the needs of young people with severe learning difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The existing, predominantly single storey school will be replaced with a three-storey building to fit both schools on the site efficiently.

Designed to encourage and facilitate independence skills and a tailored way of learning for each child, the ingenuity of Penoyre & Prasad’s Z-shaped arrangement, that allows the two schools to access each other’s hall, also enhances the sense of community. A variety of outdoor spaces, including large roof terraces, further support learning and secure play, with all key-stage clusters arranged around a generous circulation to provide direct access to outdoor play areas. As with other special schools by Penoyre & Prasad, special attention is also paid to the staff support facilities, with staff areas for the special school located on the top floor. This allows privacy, focus and much-needed rest for the staff as well as a resource area for training.

Gillian Horn, Partner at Penoyre & Prasad, said: "The Barlby New Schools project provides an exciting opportunity to engage with Kensington and Chelsea, the schools and the children to develop beautiful, new inspirational learning spaces to meet current and future educational need."

The Barlby New Schools project provides an exciting opportunity to engage with Kensington and Chelsea, the schools and the children to develop beautiful, new inspirational learning spaces to meet current and future educational need.

The proposed palette of exterior materials has been carefully considered in terms of how the effect colour, pattern and contrast may have on students with sensory perception concerns, while also providing a sensitive and beautiful piece of architecture that enhances the context and neighbouring Conservation Area. With the use of an elegant pale brick and careful proportioning of the windows, the building is subtly articulated while remaining quiet, calm and welcoming. The monolithic appearance on the internal elevation areas also particularly helps children with ASC to avoid specific visual conditions.

"We have a great design, which will deliver real benefits to all the children who come to both these schools over the coming years,” commented Councillor Emma Will, Lead Member for Family, Children and Schools. “All our schools are good or outstanding and the opportunity to now have a dedicated special school in the borough means we can offer a high quality education to even more of our children and make it easier for them to access the best possible start to learning.”

 

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