Similarities and differences: project comparison of two leading SEN facilities
This presentation will explore the importance of creating tailored education facilities for children and young people with autism and learning difficulties by recognising, and celebrating, each scheme’s individual objectives and sensitivities. We focus on a comparison of key similarities and shared patterns, coupled with unique differences, across two recently completed SEN schools built by Galliford Try and designed by Pozzoni Architecture.
Vanguard School: a specialist secondary and sixth form free school run by the National Autistic Society and located on a tight, restrictive urban site in Lambeth. Officially opened in January 2020, the school will eventually cater for up to 78 students.
Cleeve Meadow School: a new teaching facility in Sidcup for The Kemnal Academies Trust which provides specialist education for children and young people aged 11-19 with moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. The new school, which was handed over in June 2020, is co-located with the mainstream secondary Cleeve Park School.
Taking into consideration the key drivers and end-user aspirations of each scheme, this comparative insight will focus on the briefing processes, role of the stakeholders, the environmental settings, core design principles and specifications as well as the buildability and delivery of these complex schemes, plus long-term flexibility and adaptability for future needs.
- Claire Jackson, Education Director - Galliford Try
- Catherine Mulley, Director - Pozzoni Architecture