The Michael Tippett School

The £8.5m Michael Tippett School is both the first Building Schools for the Future (BSF) school in London, and the first Special Educational Needs (SEN) school in the country, to be built under the BSF programme. Designed by Marks Barfield Architects (most famous for the London Eye), and built by Apollo Education, it provides secondary education for 80 students with severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties in combination with autistic spectrum disorder.

Features: Equipped with modern hydrotherapy facilities and a sensory room. It has a therapeutic colour strategy, appropriate to the needs of the students, and a link into the local park, the school is an extended school, open to the wider community, the design features many eco-friendly features, such as a green roof.

Faithful+Gould provided project management and construction administration on behalf of the London Borough of Lambeth. Move management was critical to the project's success. Faithful+Gould managed the move, which was fundamental for a smooth transition for the pupils, and developed a move management strategy that is being rolled out across similar projects. The school was completed in February 2008 and won the Partnerships for Schools (PfS) Grand Prix award at the Excellence in BSF Awards 2008, named as the most innovative and transformational BSF project to date. It also won the award for Best Design for a New School. Michael Tippett School is considered an exemplar of the latest thought in SEN building design, providing a dynamic environment and an increased range of opportunities for students.

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