Forest Way School

A multi award winning SEN School in Leicestershire. The design of Forest Way sought to integrate the school with the topography, embracing the surroundings and drawing the woodland landscape into the project wherever possible. 

Nature, natural materials and, indeed, sustainability have all been principal considerations in the development of the scheme.

Following it’s completion, the project was nominated for a number of high profile awards with its culmination being reaching the final top 10 in the World Architecture Awards.

Forest Way SEN

Noviun delivered what was considered to be one of the most sustainable SEN school projects constructed within it’s time, whilst providing an innovative approach to SEN design, including an internal forest right at the heart of the school.

The school caters for children aged 3-19 that suffer with;

  • VI – Visual Impairment
  • HI – Hearing Impairment
  • SLCN – Speech, language and Communication
  • ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • MSI – Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • PD – Physical Disability
  • MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulty
  • SLD – Severe Learning Difficulty
  • PMLD – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty

Services
Architect & Lead Designer

Client
Leicestershire County Council
Willmott Dixon Construction

Value
£9m

Awards
BCSE ‘Most Inspiring School’
TES ‘Best School’
World Architecture Awards (Finalist)
TES Sustainability (Finalist)
ProCon ‘People’s Choice’ Winner
Midlands Property Sustainability

Sustainable Features
‘Very Good’ BREEAM
Natural Daylighting and Ventilation
Super Insulation/Low Air Leakage
Orientated for Passive Solar Gain
Sustainable Materials
Solar Water Heating

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