Swiss Cottage Specialist SEN School
Swiss Cottage Special School, a large special needs facility for children with a variety of abilities, provides an intimate, non-institutional environment with good access to combined learning and resource areas. Roof terraces are provided wherever possible, along with a floor of high quality research and admin accommodation for staff.
The building is designed using high quality pre-cast concrete and timber, giving a distinctive urban gravitas not often achieved within school budgets. Our design makes best use of landscape assets and the fine existing trees both on and around the site.
The school has achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent.
Swiss Cottage Specialist SEN school shares the site with the UCL Academy, each benefitting from a number of creative overlaps and shared facilities.
After spending two years working with Penoyre & Prasad on the design of the school, I still get excited each time I am in the building. As chair of Governors I visit the school two to three times a week for meetings and events and it is always a pleasure. The delight the staff get from using the many facilities is clearly apparent and the many visitors I have personally taken round the building are extremely complementary in their comments regarding the architecture. Whether you are on one of the many terraces, in the sports hall or in the playground, the views across the site are stunning. It is a fabulous and exciting building which the pupils and their parents are delighted to be able to use. Peter Sprinz, Chair of Governors - Swiss Cottage School