Drumbeat Sixth Form School

Lewisham

  • Client: LB Lewisham
  • Project Value: £900,000
  • Brief: New build extension to existing SEN school

Drumbeat Sixth Form School is a special school for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder providing anywhere from 4 to 16 places to students between the ages of 16 and 17 years old.

The new extension provides a variety of group learning spaces and classrooms within a standalone building. These have been designed to be both attractive and accessible to promote each individual’s sense of belonging and self-worth. Facilities that comprise the new building include:

  • A new reception/waiting area for visitors, staff and students
  • A horticultural space with a poly-tunnel and raised beds so students can grow vegetables
  • A mock flat so students can learn how to live independently
  • Three classrooms including a social common room with a sensory integration zone
    Staff offices

Located within the existing school grounds, the new building has been designed as a contemporary, timber clad structure using modular / off site construction with high levels of prefabrication. These will reduce the extension’s construction time on site and minimise disruption to the school users.

A new canopy has been designed to link the new and existing school buildings. This creates a ribbon of seating, speakers and lighting which unifies the school facilities and provides a guide from one to the other.