Winifred Holtby + Tweendykes SEN

Winifred Holtby &Tweendykes is one of two BSF exemplar schools in Hull and was opened in September 2011. The project included the integration of two existing schools: Winifred Holtby Technology College and Tweendykes, a nearby additional support needs school.

Date

2011

Client

Hull Council BSF

Value

£38m

Winifred Holtby & Tweendykes BSF is an 18,000m2 new build joint campus including a 1200 place high school and 120 pupil SEN school serving children aged 4-16. The plan, section and elevational treatment of the two schools celebrate their union, whilst ensuring that the very different identities and social and educational needs of each facility are still catered for within an outstanding educational environment.

While separate and discrete teaching and social spaces are created for each school, they are linked by an “orangery space” with landscaping, informal seating and breakout spaces that allow each school to integrate. Shared, theatre, music and sports facilities are also located at the heart of the plan.

The voids between the interlocking sculptural forms of the building became important new social spaces for pupils and the community to interact, while the project as a whole has become a vibrant new hub for the wider community.

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The Challenge

The main challenge was the integration of a large high school with an additional support needs school serving children from nursery to secondary school ages. The aim of the project was to achieve a high degree of integration whilst allowing each school to retain its identity.

The Solution

The building concept for two interlocking ribbons of accommodation in a single coher­ent form resolved itself into three zones: Winifred Holtby teaching spaces, Tweendykes teaching spaces and a shared sports wing accommodating a gyms, pools and cafés. The spaces between these forms generate a series of spectacular atria and court­yards.

The Outcome

Within a single coherent form, the plan, section and elevational treatment of the two schools celebrate their union, whilst ensuring that the very different identities and social and educational needs of each facility are still catered for within an outstanding educational environment.

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