Product / system manufacture
Yorkshire and The Humber
Grenadier Versatile planters, Henley planter benches, Swithland planters, Spalding planter benches
Atkins recently secured a commission to design three new special needs schools in Leeds – specifically for young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) challenges.
Young people in SEMH settings need environments adapted to their needs that will nurture and empower them, helping to support their rehabilitation. In this type of school getting the emotional response to the environment right is fundamental.
In the past, specialist provisions for young people with “challenging behaviour” meant little more than removing them from their community and placing them in a segregated, often poorly re-purposed, building. In SEMH settings the design of learning environments around physical and emotional need is more vital than ever.
The three new schools are run by the Wellspring Trust specialist academy and are split across three sites in north, east and south Leeds, providing world-class specialist learning environments for pupils aged between 11 and 16 with SEMH needs who are unable to attend mainstream schools.
Total project value was approximately £45 million for the three schools.
Externally, designs include 4No. courtyards per school, trim trails, multiple sports facilities (3G pitch, Multi-Use Games Area, drained grass pitch), hard and soft landscaping, shade sail, floorscape paving details, along with external resources including pond with recycled plastic deck, animal husbandry (chickens) and growing areas (incl. polytunnel and raised beds).
Building features (externally) include cedar timber bris solei, 4No. coloured tepee ‘immersive spaces’, ‘glowing’ opaque cladding, large covered entrance canopies with daylight holes and floor to ceiling glazing.
South Leeds also has a full size community use 3G pitch.
Street Design supplied various products from the Grenadier Versatile planter range along with some Henley planter seating.