Penoyre & Prasad LLP were delighted to win an Inspiring Design: Schools Award for the innovative Pears Centre for National Autism Education at the third annual BCSE Awards 2010 this month.

The National Centre for Autism Education was developed over several years with parent-founded charity, The Treehouse Trust, and is the first of its kind in the UK offering not only an 80 place school, but a national training centre and administrative workspace for the Trust which aims to increase the nationwide quantity and quality of autism education provision. The carefully researched design supports the challenges of autism education, which calls for specialist environments and a fine balance between the familiar and stimulating. This groundbreaking project evolved over several years thanks to close and trusting collaboration between the clients and team.