Woodland Classrooms, Belvue School
Belvue School is a secondary school for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties and a range of other needs.
150sqm of extracurricular spaces, with domestic quality and intimate scale, have been built on a modest budget. The boundary between the playground and adjacent woodland was identified as the border between familiar school territory and the magical, mysterious world beyond, with the new Woodland Classrooms acting as a gatehouse. ‘Cosy Lounge’ is used for workshops and engaging with the woodland, as well as being a calm, private, sensory space when required. ‘Sociable Kitchen’ includes a café and group dining. ‘Messy Barn’ allows outdoor learning, whatever the weather. Through encouraging and inspiring students to adopt extra responsibilities and be more autonomous, the school nurtures their social, emotional and personal devBelvue School is a secondary school for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties and a range of other needs. elopment. The concave ceiling creates an intimate scale which opens up to clerestory windows as you move towards the centre of the room. The stack effect created by this allows the spaces to be entirely naturally ventilated.
Wood SupplierT. Brewer
ContractorIMS Building Solutions
SpeciesWestern red cedar (Canada)
Mechanical and Electrical EngineerArup
Project LeaderJackson Coles