Drumbeat sixth form School
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
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.