To support a marked increase in Special Educational Needs provision in their local borough, London Borough of Lewisham required a new turn-key SEND school facility solution on their existing Drumbeat site.
To meet the customer’s strict brief M-AR delivered a modern, stylish turn-key solution, which offered tailored teaching areas to the ground floor with the first floor specially designed to teach independent living for adulthood but in a controlled school environment.
We designed, built and installed their exciting new building within the live school environment with minimal disruption, allowing pupils and staff at Drumbeat school to make use of their new space after just 16 weeks.
As with all SEND schools, minimal disruption, and a high standard of safeguarding was critical to the success of the project. By choosing an off-site solution for their new expansion project, M-AR working alongside Drumbeat school and Lewisham Council were able to provide reassurance to pupils and their parents that the much needed expansion wouldn’t adversely affect their children’s safety or ongoing educational needs.
Clad in Western Red Cedar with a contrasting purple ribbon detail and matching solar shading (brise soleil) we created a modern and stylish look, which complemented its surroundings.
Internally, the pupils benefit from larger learning environments with an open ground floor, airy common spaces, two large spacious classrooms, along with WC’s and staff areas.
The school also wanted to provide an inclusive place for their pupils to discover independent learning, our solution provided a first floor designed with common spaces, bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom, dining area and living room, all maximised by natural light.
For the safety, security and to minimise distractions the school were provided with enhanced acoustic ceilings and walls and boast a state of the art SALTO access control system.
“Working in and around an ASD school, we had to be mindful of the safety of pupils and staff, as well as minimise disruption. Due to the inquisitive nature of the students with ASD, we were keen to involve and engage their curiosity and created viewing windows within the hoardings, so they could see what was going on, while restricting the view from the construction site into the playground. Maintaining safety while generating a buzz worked superbly well.”