Skanska/Essex County Council
- Civic Trust Awards Commendation, 2013
Columbus presently caters for children with profound multiple learning difficulties and/or autistic spectrum disorders. The extension and refurbishment proposals for the school re-organise the various elements into clearly legible wings for Early Years, Key Stages 2/3 and administration areas. The wings focus around “the jungle” off the main entrance/foyer area. The school site benefits from an intimate and rich landscape setting, this has been developed at the heart of our designs. An eco-trail will start in the school building at the eco-zone and wind through the grounds using existing landscape features and new settings for education and recreation. The entrance to the building will be signified by the new two storey element and a large canopy.
Photographs by Hufton and Crow.