Bluebell Park School

Location Knowsley, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Services Building services and fire engineering, BREEAM Assessment and lighting design
Sector Education 
Client Balfour Beatty Construction
Architect _space
Imagery © Kristen McCluskie

Stephen Maddocks

T +44 (0)161 244 5660

The £16 million scheme brings together two existing schools (Springfield and The Elms) to create a single facility for 180 pupils aged 3-19 years.

The pupils range from suffering from autistic spectrum condition (ASC), severe learning difficulties (SLD) to profound multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). The scheme is a PFI funded project with a 22 year concession period.

The school is predominantly single storey with a staff and management suite on a small area of first floor. Accommodation comprises large classrooms, break out spaces, hygiene rooms, food tech rooms, design tech, sports hall, rebound therapy, medical treatment, hydrotherapy and learner pools with associated changing accommodation and central kitchen.

Due to the site's close proximity to a major motorway, the building had to be provided with full mechanical ventilation and comfort cooling via a four pipe fan coil system. The requirement for noise levels is typically 5dBA quieter in schools for pupils with learning difficulties. Fresh air is introduced via air handling units located on first floor open-air plant decks.

There is a high level of internal/ external security and access control systems and CCTV - the entire perimeter of the building is protected by a redwall security detection system that interfaces with the CCTV system. A single eight person lift was provided for access to the first floor.

The steel framed building required close integration with both the mechanical and electrical systems and pupil hoist systems. The location of the building was a challenge for our civil engineers, as a public utility culvert crosses the site.