08Nov2016-035

Richmond Hill SEN School, Luton

This new facility provides increased capacity for an existing Special Educational Needs (SEN) school at another location and is built on former surplus land. The 2 storey building, which accommodates 90 pupils and approximately 110 staff, has a circular feature hallway running through the centre on both floors, with natural ceiling light wells.

Leading from this, are 14 specialist classrooms, 2 with disabled lifting hoists and facilities including rooms for meeting, family, personal care, medical and laundry. There are 2 staircases and 1 lift accessing the first floor, where further accommodation is provided for speech therapy, computing, music, staff rooms, sensory rooms and 3 general classrooms.

The design provides a flexible layout with access to outside learning spaces and the entrance has easy access for pupil drop-off. There is a multifunction sports hall for assembly, performance and dining, as well community use and externally they have a play area with sunken trampolines and extensive soft landscaping.

The structure is a steel frame with masonry façade and self-finished render, timber roof with single ply membrane covering, Coxdome roof lights and PV panels (providing 10% renewable against total energy consumption). Underfloor gas fired central heating was also installed and acoustic baffles due to the proximity of Luton Airport.

Project Overview

Client Luton Borough Council
Value £4,200,000
Duration May 2015 - Aug 2016
Contract Type JCT 2011 Design & Build

Architect

Vincent + Gorbing

Quantity Surveyor

Luton Borough Council

Project Manager

NPS Group

Structural Engineer

David French Partnership

Services Consultant

EMEC Design & Consultancy