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Edith Borthwick School

Key facts

Year Completed






Floorplate Size

48 sq. ft


Wates Construction

Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating


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The Edith Borthwick School is an SEN school which caters for youngsters with learning disabilities aged three to 19. The project, which forms part of the Education Funding Agency's Priority Schools Building Programme, sees the creation of a 4,366 sq. m school for 190 students with special educational needs and 117 staff. Part of the building will also be open out of hours for local community use.

BWB were contracted to provide a new 2 storey SEN Educational facility on a greenfield site. The structural frame for the new building is mainly a braced structural steel frame with localised moment connections where required with a precast concrete floor construction. The precast floor and roof slabs were also utilised for their thermal mass as part of the ventilation strategy for the building. A lightweight structural roof is used over the main hall area due to the large spans required.

A steel frame has been adopted to provide a lightweight structure with clear spaces and to allow future flexibility for the school as there are no internal loadbearing walls. Bracing and columns are positioned so as to minimise the intrusion on class spaces and open areas.

Key Challenges

The site required negotiation of a Anglian water easement and coordinating structural detailing with Special educational needs guidance's outlined by the EFA.