We are proud to have started working with Gleeds on this exciting project involving the development of a large special educational needs and disabilities school as part of a scheme providing much needed local SEND school facilities to the London borough of Hillingdon.

Designed by Six Foot Stdio architects it aims to provide a range of learning environments with cellular and open plan educational spaces, accommodating up to 80 pupils ranging from 3-11 years and 65 permanent staff, including therapy rooms, a main hall and staff facilities.

The project has sought ‘Very Special Circumstances’ due to its location within a green belt and the boroughs under provision of SEND schools.

The design was based on the differing level of ambient stimuli with a low and high stimulus block situated carefully on site with consideration to their proximity to open parkland, main roads and pollution.
Design features sympathetic with the environment  include the overall layout of the site with features of the lower stimulus block such as the external façade with glass elements and timber cladding being reflective of the adjacent parkland and the high stimulus block external façade with brick reflecting the urbanisation of the surrounding area.

CDC were commissioned by Gleeds to provide Fire engineering and Acoustic Consultancy services through RIBA stages 2-4 to achieve planning approval for their SEND school development as part of a scheme providing much needed local SEND school facilities to the London Borough of Hillingdon.

CDC provided noise surveys to understand the existing noise environment in and around the development site. We undertook a noise assessment relating to construction noise assessment, operational noise assessment, initial consideration of acoustic requirements for external façade and plant noise requirements, providing noise mitigation options where required. Issuing an Acoustic & Noise Assessment Report to support the overall planning application and assist in developing the RIBA Stage 3 acoustic design strategy.

Due to complex needs of pupils within the building, both the acoustic and fire engineering strategies had to be undertaken based upon a user requirement approach. This approach actively engages the local authority and school management to ensure that we were able to understand the complexities of the day to day use of the buildings and emergency scenarios such as escape. Understanding these complexities is essential to developing a robust engineering strategy for both fire and acoustics, which is specific to the needs of the building users. In many instances, the design advice is unique to the building based upon this feedback.

An SEN building design like Grand Union Village primary school is a very exciting project to be part of and something CDC has a high degree of expertise in, we are very much looking forward to the end result.  

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