Ground has been broken on the site of a new, purpose-built, specialist school designed by Scott Brownrigg.
Churchward School, a free special school attended by around 75 11-19 year olds with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and/or Social Communication Interaction Difficulties (SCID), was given the go-ahead by Swindon Borough Council in May 2019 for a new building in the Tadpole Garden Village development. Students joined the recent turf-cutting event alongside the head teacher and members of the school’s construction project.
The £7m scheme is located between William Morris Primary School and Scott Brownrigg’s own recently completed secondary school, Great Western Academy. This has proven a fantastic opportunity for our Cardiff studio to transpose their knowledge between the two schemes.
At present, the school is housed in a converted industrial unit on an estate in Lydiard Millicent. It will be re-homed in a new single-storey F-shaped building that will feature classrooms each with direct access to a covered outdoor area to allow lessons to move inside or out.
Head teacher David Dearsley has celebrated how the new design will give more opportunities for the students’ education: