Woolston Learning Village

Woolston SEN School

This project was commissioned by Warrington Borough Council and involved bringing together two SEN schools (Fox Wood School and Green Lane Special School) onto one site, along with on-site support facilities and the provision of a new sixth form SEN facility. Ellis Williams provided full Architectural services for this project.

This was an extremely fast-track, challenging programme but with the outstanding commitment of the design team, contractor, client and project managers, these dates were all achieved and within the client’s budget. Through robust challenge in a series of open and frank discussions, a product was delivered which delighted end users, client and contractor.

Whilst each school wanted to retain its own identity, the strategy from WBC of a shared facility with one overarching identity had to be balanced with the schools’ requirements. A coordinated approach by all parties and the contractor’s commitment to partnering ensured that all stakeholders’ needs were fulfilled in the delivery of this scheme.

All of the project partners have worked together brilliantly to turn a once tired building into a vibrant and fresh facility, which marks a significant improvement upon the school’s former accommodation.”

Mike Coope, Programmes Manager – Warrington Borough Council

As teaching staff and governors, we felt our ideas and views were listened to and acted upon, and we felt an integral part of the project at all times throughout the planning and building process, rather than just the end users

Val Howarth, Acting Head – Fox Wood SEN School, Woolston L.V.