Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Hazelwood School, Glasgow, UK-Scotland

Exemplary design categories: multi-sensory environment, outdoor spaces, safety, special needs provision

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
The ambition of this school for children and young people with sensory impairments was to create a challenging and stimulating environment for all. Varied wall and floor surface textures and built-in navigational aids - such as trail rails, varied ceiling heights, and the print, Braille, moon and graphical signage - help children to navigate around the building independently. The main school building is a single-storey “s” shape structure that reduces the perceived scale of the school and makes it less intimidating and more welcoming to small children. The shape creates a series of small scaled, intimate internal and external spaces. The design is both imaginative and sympathetic to the school’s parkland context, with its use of natural materials such as wood, slate and cork.

Activity Areas: gymnasium, trampoline and soft play equipment, a hydrotherapy pool with mobile hoists, art, music and cookery rooms, a library and media suite, an open plan dining and assembly area, doctor, nurse and physiotherapy rooms, outdoor music and play areas, and an outdoor sensory area; life skills residence (a stand-alone, three-bedroom house within the grounds); 2 nursery classrooms, 3 junior classrooms, 3 junior classrooms, 2 senior classrooms

Project costs: GBP 7,740,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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User perspectives (1)

"For me, the complexity and avoidance of straight lines ensure constant interest and variety while still maintaining intimacy and human scale…it is the most exciting new school building in Scotland"
Keir Bloomer, independent education consultant

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Credit: Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects
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Credit: Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects