Purpose-built for sensory-impaired children, aids to guide pupils around are built into the fabric of Hazelwood School.
Hazelwood School in Glasgow provides care and education for up to 60 children aged 2 to 18 with sensory and dual sensory impairment.
A curved, single-storey timber frame building, facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, music room, specialist IT and sound/speech therapy equipment and a ‘life skills’ house.
Designed with a high level of input from parents and staff, the school promotes independence and provides a stimulating learning environment.
All the timber used in both the frame and weather envelope of the building comes from managed sustainable sources. The project also included the use of reclaimed slate cladding.
The school uses natural light and ventilation along with energy efficient technologies including weather compensated central boiler plant. Sophisticated control systems ensure artificial lighting is only used when necessary.
Hazelwood School was honoured with a major US architectural accolade at the DesignShare Awards 2008. The Honour Award was presented in recognition of the use of innovative design within a learning environment. Hazelwood is the first British school to receive the award.
The school picked up a Civic Trust Award in 2008, the judges hailing the “sensitive handling” of the scheme. They went on to say: “Many of the existing trees on the site have been preserved and the building curves around them in a central spine. The internal curves of the building reduce the visual scale of the main circulation spaces and help to remove any institutional feel.”
The school also won an Inspiring Design award from the British Council for School Environments.