Brent Knoll School, Forest Rise - Projects - MLM
Brent Knoll School, Forest Rise - Projects - MLM
Brent Knoll School, Forest Rise - Projects - MLM

Brent Knoll School, Forest Rise

Project Information
  • Location
  • London
  • Sector
  • Education, Schools
  • Services
  • Buildings, Structural Engineering, Building Services Engineering, Civil Engineering
  • Value
  • £8.5m
  • Architect
  • ACP Architects

MLM provided Civil & Structural Engineering and Building Services Design to the 3600m2 new build SEN school, for the Autistic Spectrum Disorder and social, communication and interaction difficulties, which caters for 154 pupils aged 4 to 16 years old.

The project comprised the demolition of an existing building and erection of a part single and part two storey building with green roofs. The school is a robust two storey building with the classrooms arranged in a U shape across both floors looking out upon the central landscaped courtyard and providing a series of terraced play areas. The scheme follows key principles in the design of effective environments for pupils with Autism and places pupils’ needs at the heart of the design. The positioning of the main entrance and double height lobby encourages open views through the circulation stairwell onto the courtyard allowing passive supervision and a feeling of openness.

Natural light and ventilation was an integral part of the brief and large windows in every room were included in the design to flood the space with light. Classrooms and the main hall incorporate passive ventilation with CO2 sensors to optimise the internal learning environment.

Key Features

  • Natural ventilation
  • Green roofs
  • Steel framed building with pre-cast floors
  • Photovoltaic panel installation
  • BREEAM ‘Excellent’
  • Designed in BIM environment
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