Pond Meadow School
- Categories Education
- Clients Surrey County Council
- Completion 2009
- Budget £10.6m
- Project Team Deborah Saunt, David Hills, Martin Pearson, Tom McGlynn, Kevin Hong, Claire MacDonald
RIBA Award, 2009
Brick Award 2009 – Supreme Winner
Guildford Design Awards, 2009 – Highly Commended
Pond Meadow School is a special needs "through" school for children and young adults, aged 2 – 19, with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.
The new single-storey building is designed around the concept of an evolving journey through the building; every classroom is different with its own particular views and spaces. The overall layout is organised around 3 courtyards marking the three zones of the Lower School, Upper School and shared Community areas. Classrooms are located around the perimeter, maximising natural light and ventilation and allowing direct access to secure and sheltered outdoor play areas.
The differing eye levels and differing degrees of special needs of the pupils of all ages have inspired the different levels of the windows.
The roof form undulates long the length of the building reflecting the diverse accommodation below, which includes a hydro-therapy pool, sensory reading area, art studios and specialist ICT provision. These allow the children to appreciate their individual journeys with views of sky and landscape beyond.
“The building is absolutely stunning. The design principles fit in perfectly with the needs of youngsters who face considerable challenges.”
David Monk, Pond Meadow Headteacher
The project was recently featured in the Mies Van de Rohe Awards Made in Europe Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, visit the website here.
- Collaborators Martin Richman
- Photography Tom Soar