Nightingale BESD SchoolProject Details
Sustainable extension within a sensitive environment
This 470m² single story extension provides new accommodation for Nightingale BESD School, a community special school in Wandsworth for boys aged 5 to 19 with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Three new classrooms have been built, along with offices, therapy and group rooms, a library, changing and toilet facilities and the school’s kitchen and canteen have been remodelled. Changes have been made to the car park to facilitate vehicle turning and the existing entrance has been widened.
Located on a large site classified as Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) with a livestock farm as an active educational facility, the design is accordingly dominated by sustainability imposed through planning control and BREEAM. The development includes recycled Durisol blocks used for external, internal and retaining walls, Monodraught natural ventilation, underfloor heating, green roofs, a permeable soft play area and significant soft landscaping with new trees and shrubs as well as a nature pond.
The project also included the refurbishment of an existing 6th Form Block. Although the site was segregated from the main school building and grounds, interfaces with the existing structure and services were key to successful delivery both in terms of structural integrity and minimising disruption to every day school activities. Positive daily engagement with the school management was pivotal to this achievement.
London Borough of Wandsworth
Wandsworth Design Services
Beechcroft Road, London SW17
Ark Build PLC
Loughton Business Centre
t: 020 8532 5900
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