New pavilion at Askham Bryan College in Guisborough
The purpose for the new classroom/school building is to provide a safe haven for students with learning difficulties and students without previous education. They go there to get used to the busy environment of the college. As they gain in confidence and curiosity they are encouraged to move on to more conventional paths of education. – The wood has a very calming influence on the students. They like coming in here, says Anne Dale, Assistant Director Rural Outreach at the college. We have tried to create an environment that is as calm as possible; the pavilion stands in a garden where we aim to have the students growing their own vegetables. The students will be able to take their produce straight into the new kitchen and cook. She continues
– We wanted a space that would feel safe. When we decided to work with Nordic Wood we told them what we needed in the pavilion and got a very good suggestion back. It is one classroom, a social space, an office, good space cloakroom/ toilet and a kitchen. There is a ramp leading up to the pavilion so it can be easily accessed with a wheelchair. Other students will also have access to the new pavilion during lunch, as a social meeting place. And over the weekends it will be used by external organisations. The vision we had is what we have moved into!