Hatcher Prichard Architects has masterplanned an area of Bristol to include a Post 16 Centre for Knowle DGE plus 64 residential units, split between terraced houses and flats.
The proposal takes into account the unique requirements of Knowle DGE, the proposed Knowle DGE Post-16 Centre, and existing site constraints to provide a scheme which enhances permeability through Knowle and provides housing in a location identified by Bristol City Council as an area of growth.
The existing disused brownfield site, which used to house Florence Brown School is currently a large fenced off area which is unloved and overgrown. The proposal seeks to create a vibrant residential development which is well served by existing local amenities and well connected to existing local neighbourhoods.
Knowle DGE is a specialist Academy for young people with additional needs principally in the areas of Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD), Speech Language and Communication (SLCN) and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) at the communicative, higher-operating end of the spectrum.
Knowle DGE Post-16 Centre provides an SEN facility for up to 40 pupils and 25 staff. The building uses natural daylight throughout, and will weather due to the durability of brickwork, which is not vulnerable to either deliberate or accidental damage.
The Post 16 Centre will specialise in the delivery of the following vocational courses:
Construction and Manufacturing
Interior Design/Design Technology
Hospitality and Catering
The building has been designed in consultation with with key members of staff and includes the full range of internal and external areas including basic teaching, learning resources and a large hall, together with the associated staff and administration facilities.
Along with the Post-16 Centre, Knowle DGE also requires Independent Living accommodation for up to 8 pupils at a time. The independent living units are intended to offer Post-16 pupils a stepping stone between living at home and living independently.
The layout for the residential element of the proposal has been designed to create a high quality, well integrated scheme which fits well within its context.
The housing will be designed to follow the fall of the site in an attempt to minimise the potential for overbearing the existing neighbouring properties. A minimum rear garden length of 10 metres has been allowed in a further attempt to reduce the impact of the development on existing neighbours.