Good POE Driving Design & Inclusion

Time: 09:45 - 10:40

Date: Day 1


What comparing 20 existing SEND schools with the guidance in BB104 tells us about the UK’s SEND School Buildings Estate

Speaker: Laura Jones, Architect & Client Adviser, L J A

In 2021, LJA were commissioned to assess the spatial capacity of 20 broad ranging SEND school buildings. To understand the school’s spatial capacity, we developed an assessment methodology which utilised the various formula available in Building Bulletin 104 using 4 types of area assessment. The methodology specifically attempted to reconcile the impact of the specific needs of each school’s current pupil population with the spatial areas that they require. This presentation will discuss the methodology and the trends that emerged in the data collected to give an indicative reflection of the SEND school building estate.

Learning Points:

1. Developed understanding of the historical timeline of SEND school buildings in the UK (from the mid-twentieth century onwards)
2. Consideration of Building Bulletin 104 as the current government guidance for SEND school buildings; its limitations and potential as a vehicle to understand area surpluses and deficits
3. Deliberation of the trends in the area types found lacking in SEND school building estates.

Designed by children, used by children: a post-occupancy review of the Caudwell International Children’s Centre


Trudi Beswick, CEO, Caudwell Children

Ben Sutcliffe, Director of Executive Projects, Caudwell Children

In the three years since was opened, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre has been the home to a pioneering new autism assessment, intervention and research service as well as the head office of national children’s charity, Caudwell Children.

Charity CEO & project Design Manager, Trudi Beswick, and Director of Executive Projects, Ben Sutcliffe, look back at the process of designing the Centre and the impact the environment has had on the children and families who use it.



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