Noel-Baker with St Martins School
The project was part of the Building Schools for the Future programme and co-located Noel-Baker Community School and St Martins Special School alongside a new vocational learning and sports building which also served the local community. The shared vision was for a building that captured the identity of each school whilst enhancing the developing relationship between them.
A central dining atrium and cafe is the central focus of the new campus. The learning spaces of both schools are arranged in butterfly shaped clusters surrounding ICT rich learning plazas. The St Martin’s spaces are of a more intimate, family scale creating a series of safe and supportive environments each matched to the specific needs of the pupils. In Noel-Baker they are light, exciting places for staff and students to work together in a more informal and adult way.
The scheme won a RIBA East Midlands Award and a Client of the Year Award for the aspirational brief which delivered the innovative learning environments.