Alfreton Park Community Special School, Derbyshire
Client:Derbyshire County Council
M&E, Sustainability and Building Physics
AJ Architecture Awards 2023 – UK School of the Year
Set within 10 acres of wooded parkland, Alfreton Park Community Special School was a brand-new Special Educational Needs School which connects flexible educational learning spaces for children with complex mobility and educational needs with the natural environment of the surrounding parkland.
Many of the children spend significant amounts of time in healthcare institutions and so a key delivery for this project was to provide accommodation that is inclusive, adaptable, non-institutional and allows the children to develop natural behavioral and social skills for enjoyable and effective learning, as well as develop connections with the natural world beyond the classroom.
Method Consulting provided M&E, sustainability and building physics consultation and design services from inception to completion. The school benefits from excellent, indirect natural daylighting throughout, a bespoke approach to sustainability with a strong focus on energy and water conservation measures, controllable and flexible learning spaces.