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


Vincent + Gorbing

Quantity Surveyor

Luton Borough Council

Project Manager

NPS Group

Structural Engineer

David French Partnership

Services Consultant

EMEC Design & Consultancy