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The new building for Dorothy Goodman School was designed to bring large amounts of natural daylight deep into its heart.
The use of three ‘roof cones’ and a range of rooflights, plus a sensory courtyard, help make the special school bright and airy for its pupils who have a wide variety of special educational needs and disabilities.
The £6.2m build was funded through three consecutive bids to the Education Skills and Funding Agency. The new building caters for the existing pupil numbers and also attracted additional children, taking the total to 100.
The project includes 10 classrooms and three specialist teaching areas, for art, food technology and science. There are also a school hall, multi-sensory areas, an external amphitheatre, a library and a community room.
A key design aspect was that the building would not feel in any way institutionalised or cramped. There are no suspended ceilings and timber is used internally alongside other natural products throughout the building.
Brick and cedar boarding were selected for their warm and homely colour and texture as well as making the building feel domestic in scale for the pupils.
Grayling Thomas Architects
Hadland Manning Bullock and Partners
Ian Harban Consulting Engineers
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