Keelman's Way School

Special educational needs classroom and changing facility.

Ref: ED28

A standalone SEN classroom and sports changing facility on the fringe of the school playing fields, intended for use by the school and the local community.

This building contains a kitchen, two fully-equipped changing rooms for the disability football team and a generous teaching space.

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Special educational needs classroom, Keelmans Way School

Client Brief

Keelman’s Way School is a special school that provides Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education for 125 pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties.

They needed to boost learning space provision, making use of a derelict portion of land which straddled the playing fields. Any solution needed to be fully accessible and bespoke to the needs of their pupils.

Planning application within 12 weeks

Our Solution

This building is carefully designed to meet the range of complex needs presented by the students, using considered design, well-chosen materials and a wealth of special touches to ensure the build performed in terms of the sensory and practical experience.

‘The Hide’, as the building was named by pupils, is a single-storey timber construct measuring 138m², designed to complement existing amenity space practically and aesthetically.

The use of a specialist foundation system allowed the build to be placed on land that was prone to becoming wet and boggy in the winter months, with timber’s natural aesthetic blending the building into surrounding woodland. Access is by decked ramps, with a seamless transition from outside to in. The facility contains a rustic meadow roof. 

Built to withstand the elements, the project features a black EPDM rubber roof and hard-wearing brown-coloured UPVC cladding on the doors and windows. In order to minimise aesthetic disruption to the surrounding area, trims, fascia and soffit boards are all in matching timber, with the external timber cladding left in a natural finish. Large, sliding folding doors open up the classroom to the adjacent sports fields.

Total build time 6 weeks on site

The Result

The Hide is a valuable and exciting new asset for our pupils and soon, the wider community. We are thrilled with the finished product.

Paula SelbyHeadteacher at Keelman’s Way School

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