Great care has been taken in the materiality of the school: warm Siberian Larch timber provides a softened, dynamic façade at the front, in contrast to the durable Timanfaya Blue brick at the rear. As the timber weathers over time, its colour and tone will gradually blend in with the brick’s established silvery patina.
Whilst internally we worked with a cool palette of blue hues, proven to create calming effects and reduce episodes of anger and rage. Even the carpet tiles and vinyl sheets have been heavily vetted to ensure that the flecks in the flooring products are not significant enough to classify as distracting for the learners who will be standing and walking over them.
The completion of Churchward School follows Scott Brownrigg’s work on The Venturers’ Academy Autistic Spectrum Condition School, which is the first state-funded school in Bristol for students with a primary diagnosis of autism.
With the new Churchward School now complete, we look forward to seeing it in use by children and teachers.