Sector: Education

Hazelbrook Campus, Taunton

Project Description

£7.7m Special Educational Need secondary age school for Somerset County Council to deliver more special school places for children from Taunton and surrounding towns and villages.

The SEND school will provide 80-100 places for pupils with a range of additional requirements classed as non-ambulant, with physical and learning difficulties.

Spaces include: Classrooms, dining/hall, sensory & therapy rooms, administration space, medical spaces, specialist teaching rooms, meeting rooms, storage, and staff room. outdoor spaces include sensory gardens, habitat areas, MUGA and adventure playground.

Building Bulletin 104 used as guidance for space allocations and environmental conditions. Part of the Scape National Construction Framework.

New build SEN school providing local children access to education much closer to home

Project Involvement

Due to the very specialist nature of the SEN end-users within the building, we contributed to detailed co-ordination and user group meetings to ensure that room data sheets capture the additional needs of pupils.

Undertake daylight simulation calculation, identify average daylight factors achieved.

Prepare a low and zero carbon feasibility study energy statement to demonstrate how the proposal incorporates onsite renewable energy production.

Obtain existing site utility information and negotiate with public and other utility authorities’ on the provision of an estimate of costs for the necessary incoming services.

Prepare the developed design of the building engineering services, with developed design equipment schedules, schematic drawings, layout drawings and specification for tender purposes.

Developed design of systems to accommodate people with additional needs including transportation systems, alarm systems and audible and visual alarms.

Project Benefits

We worked pro-actively within the collaborative design team requiring early review of plant and services distribution routes to overcome co-ordination challenges.

Prepared 3D drawings of the primary services in Revit which were fully co-ordinated with the architectural and structural building information models to ensure adequate and optimized spatial allowances.

Providing a clean and pleasant environment to aid learning, the new building ensures pupils have the most up to date facilities, so every pupil can achieve his or her maximum potential.

Worked collaboratively with the contractor and integrated design team to deliver the scheme within tight construction budget construction constraints.

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