Summerwood College

Refurbishment, extension and alterations
BUILD Architecture Awards 2017

Bournemouth, Dorset

Footprint Architects have completed the renovation and alterations of an existing building to form a new college for young people with Aspergers Syndrome. Opening its doors in April 2016, Summerwood College supports and prepares young people in developing independence and the transition into main stream further and higher education, or full time employment. It features two teaching areas and supporting group rooms, a sensory room, a flat where students are able to develop independence and life skills, dining and kitchen facilities and a games room. The concept for the external extensions draws on the gables and black timber frame of the period building. Internally walls are lined with birch faced plywood creating a natural and calming environment for students. Large glass doors are situated in the games room, which allows natural light and a connection with the small outside courtyard.

modern school refurbishment with black timber cladding by Footprint architects on Summerwood College in Bournemouth

Testimonial

‘Having worked with Footprint Architects for the past 15-months, I can highly recommend them. They have been hugely supportive, innovative and approachable, which has led to the completion of our high specification Summerwood Campus’ – Ash Walland, Lead Professional of Summerwood Campus and Assistant Headteacher at Linwood School.

plywood hallway with glazing and high bar table with a high chair in Summerwood college in Bournemouth
feature glazing design with plywood interior in Summerwood college in Bournemouth
modern and practical college canteen with timber motif wall design and hanging lights in Summerwood college in Bournemouth
plywood hallway with windows and high bar table with a high chair and a computer in Summerwood college in Bournemouth
modern seating in a booth with plywood walls in Summerwood college in Bournemouth
relaxing chillout room with beanbag and plywood walls in summer wood college in Bournemouth
acoustic timber cladding from floor to ceiling in a bright modern open plan classroom in Summerwood College in Bournemouth
acoustic timber cladding from floor to ceiling in a bright modern open plan classroom in Summerwood College in Bournemouth
sensory therapy teaching space or mood room with beanbags and a fish tank and colourful lights in Summerwood college in Bournemouth