Rio Architects begins expansion of Baytree SEN School

Currently under construction, the Baytree SEN school expansion, designed by Rio Architects, will provide a new building to accommodate specialized teaching, learning and care facilities for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) requires ages three to nineteen and is the only school of its kind in North Somerset.

Located on the outskirts of Clevedon, the building will be a passive element nestled in the existing green landscape and surrounded by several species of trees. Upon arriving on site, visitors will be drawn to a covered walkway through a natural courtyard created around a cluster of preserved Grade A trees and a warm and welcoming environment.

A one-story building with a simple pitched roof design reflects a calm architectural approach to familiar shapes and forms on a domestic scale and respectful of the surrounding context.

The Cardiff, Rio-based architects worked closely with key stakeholders and end users, taking the time to fully understand the challenges faced by staff and students during the school day. A number of design and operation workshops were held throughout the design process to ensure designs reflect a stimulating learning environment that responds to a variety of specialist care and treatment.

This resulted in a carefully considered master plan designed to create safe, intimate and private outdoor play areas. Space where students can learn and play in the natural setting through boardwalks and wooded paths, immediately accessing classrooms and sheltered from public access and vehicles.

In addition to meeting the learning needs of its children, the school will also provide facilities for public use, including a hydrotherapy pool and recreation room.

The design of the building has been thought out to create a clear, readable and welcoming environment, which maximizes space efficiency and takes into account the well-being of students and staff while respecting the quality and nature of the natural setting. existing.

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