• Sectors: Education

The Village School

Brent, London, United Kingdom - Transforming lives and the community – working together for a sustainable future

£20m

Flagship School and Short Break Centre

£945,000

Savings over 5 years on transport and placement costs

In 2008, London Borough of Brent appointed Arcadis and Frankham Consultancy Group to consider and develop a design for a new “all through age” Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Short Break Centre for some of the Borough’s most vulnerable children and their families.  

The vision for this new school, “The Village School”, was driven with an aim to be “an inclusive community School which celebrates and contributes positively to the wider community”. The existing school buildings, which were built in the 1960’s, were not fit for purpose for children with complex needs. They were environmentally unsafe with significant amounts of asbestos and the respite provision that was housed elsewhere across the Borough, did not have the capability to support the evolving demands of the user groups.  

With their specialist SEN Knowledge and previous school experience, Arcadis was appointed to provide an integrated solution for the delivery of the project. Working collaboratively and in close partnership with the school, Arcadis undertook an extensive and innovative consultation process, which was uniquely tailored to the needs of the user groups and wider stakeholders. This underpinned the approach to many challenges of the project, such as decanting the pupils to a temporary modular build at a neighbouring school and fostering better relationships with partners and the wider community. The buildings were completed and occupied in 2013 on programme and within budget.  


Village School, Brent
Courtyard, Village School, Brent

"It was a unique experience to work with different disciplines coming together to deliver an excellent facility for children with disabilities." 

Outcomes

£20m

Flagship School and Short Break Centre

£945,000

Savings over 5 years on transport and placement costs

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