An innovatively designed Ealing special school has been named London’s best educational building.
Mandeville School, in Greenford, received the accolade at the London District Surveyors Association awards on Thursday. The school, which opened in September 2008, caters for children with severe learning disabilities such as autism.
Its building has been designed to provide a stimulating learning environment for pupils with features including hydrotherapy pools, dark and light sensory rooms and interactive plasma screens. An extensive overhead hoist and rail system ensures good access for pupils throughout the school and features such as sun pipes, wind catchers and renewable energy heat pumps also earned the school a highly commended award in the sustainability category.
Ealing Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Ian Gibb, said: “Mandeville School is a great example of how innovative design and new technology can make a real difference to pupils’ learning. The LDSA award is an excellent acknowledgement of the hard work that’s gone into the school, but it’s the impact on pupils that will be the ultimate marker of success.”
Mandeville’s £7.3million school building was built with the help of a £4.5million government grant. The building was designed by the Council’s consultants Babcock Infrastructure Services and built by Wates Construction.
The school has now been nominated for the national Local Authority Building Control awards to be held in autumn.