New Special Educational Needs School – Sandside Lodge School

Seddon Construction

Ulveston, Cumbria

Bowman Riley was appointed by Seddon Construction to design a new school for Sandside Lodge to replace their existing facility.

Sandside Lodge is a special school catering for 80 pupils aged between two and 19 who have learning difficulties and many have additional and complex needs including such as autism, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

The existing school is housed in a building that is not fit for purpose and is located adjacent to an industrial estate. The new school will create bespoke premises to meet the specialist needs of the pupils and create a learning environment with the local secondary school grounds.

After the initial design was found to be significantly over the budget agreed by the Council, Seddon explored the possibility of creating a modular school and brought Bowman Riley on board to develop the design. The modular construction route was found to be still too expensive. This resulted in Bowman Riley’s appointment to completely redesign the school for Seddon in liaison with the school and the Council to make sure the design meets the agreed budget.

We have developed a close relationship with the end user group through a series of regular workshops to ensure the design meets the schools specialist requirements, which include a medical room designed to HTM standards, hydrotherapy suite, rebound therapy room, gym, soft play, sensory rooms. Externally there is an outdoor woodland area to facilitate forestry skills and sensory gardens.

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