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Birkett House School is a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) school, with places for 175 young people aged between four and 19.
The project saw the school’s main building relocated to Wigston Academy's Station Road campus.
The school was designed around the idea of using sensory simplicity to impact positively on the comfort and behaviour of the pupils, who have a wide range of disabilities.
Birkett House pupils have a range of learning needs, from profound and multiple learning difficulties to moderate disabilities, so the design of the school has specific requirements to meet their needs.
The design has two contrasting courtyards to help the pupils identify where exactly in the building they are, and where they need to go.
The classrooms benefit from high levels of natural light and feature large overhanging eaves to protect from direct sunlight and glare.
The classrooms are subtly colour coded and have a coloured door to their own external space, to help the children identify which classroom is theirs.
Three immersive rooms provide fully interactive experiences for the pupils, including vibrating floors, aromas, wind, sound and visuals on multiple surfaces.
There is an immersive rebound room, featuring a sunken trampoline, ball pit climbing frame, swings, ramps and padded floors and walls – all with changeable mood lighting – as well as an adventure playroom.
Willmott Dixon Construction
Leicestershire County Council
ProCon Leicestershire Limited
47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643