Client: Surrey County Council
Value: £14.4 million
Completed: October 2015
Hampshire County Council Property Services: QS, architect and interior design
Hampshire County Council's ecology, heritage, archaeology, and engineering consultancy; access
- clear and logical layout helps facilitate community access, giving the older students a strong connectivity with the community and the opportunity to develop their life skills
- facilitates pupils’ transition from the security of the early years environment, through stimulation of primary and secondary years, to the independence of the post 16 facility
The new Portesbery School, created by HCC Property Services in partnership with Surrey County Council, caters for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. It has capacity for 105 pupils aged 2 – 19, and 80 staff.
The form of the school has been composed around a series of pitched and flat roofs which breaks up its overall mass. The small cluster of barn-like buildings establish a protective enclosure with views towards the countryside beyond.
Gabled roofs identify three distinct areas; the lower school, upper school and shared services. The latter includes the reception, hydrotherapy and medical areas, main hall and dining hall, and can be accessed by the local community out of school hours.
A combination of buff coloured bricks, western red cedar cladding, aluminium glazing and standing seam zinc finish to the pitched roofs complete the external fabric of the building.
The private facades of the teaching spaces open out to the landscape which is distinctly zoned to reflect the vast spectrum of user needs. There are quiet, calm, secure spaces and more active, high energy areas.