As part of the new build Brixton Academy the Education Funding Agency (EFA) allocated circa 3000 sq.m of space to form a new college facility for 14 to 18 year old students. The fallow space was fitted out to form specialist teaching facilities in Computing, Sciences and Hospitality and Catering.
The building needed to be designed specifically to provide dedicated teaching for students with special needs and autism. Therefore, providing a safe and secure teaching environment without compromising social integration within the college formed a key part of the design. Bright colours with a simplistic aesthetic were adopted, utilising the space to attract as much natural light as possible to promote wellbeing for students.
The finished article provided the most up to date classroom environments primarily for the large number of local residents who engaged in programmes of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and students with special needs and autism. “The accommodation needs of existing learners remained a central focus resulting in a high quality, sincerely fit for purpose site being developed and ready for occupation within planned funding and time limits.” (Monica Box – Interim Principal/CEO Lambeth College).