Gateshead architects unveil Northumberland school designs

Gateshead firm Gradon Architects have received a positive response from council planners for plans at the Percy Hedley Foundation

Graham and Donna McDarby of Gradon Architecture
Graham and Donna McDarby of Gradon Architecture

North East architects have unveiled plans to build a new residential school and hydrotherapy pool for disabled youngsters with complex needs.

Gateshead-based practice Gradon Architecture is working with the Percy Hedley Foundation on plans to help families across the region by improving and extending facilities at a specialist school at Killingworth, North Tyneside.

The company said it has received a supportive response from North Tyneside Council from the pre-application enquiry for the plans to build the new 24-bed home, and will be submitting a full planning application within the next two weeks.

If green lit, the project will provide additional school and residential accommodation for young people with accessible facilities designed to promote independent living. The design includes features such as wide corridors and terraces, a hydrotherapy pool, accessible kitchens, quiet areas for study and individual bedrooms.

Graham McDarby, design director of Gradon Architecture, said: “I have worked with the Percy Hedley Foundation previously and I am delighted to be working with them again. I am a big supporter of their work and our team is actively involved in fundraising events for the charity.

“It’s important that architecture improves people’s lives through excellent design that allows people to live well and enables them to achieve. We have put a lot of thought into how the spaces will work primarily as a home as well as a learning space for the youngsters who will live there.”

The project partnership includes structural and civil engineers Portland Construction, mechanical and electrical engineers RPS and Identity Consult joining the team as project managers. If approved, the project is planned for completion by September 2017.

Peter Howells, associate at Identity Consult, said: “The whole team has been working to a tight timescale to get everything ready in terms of design for the planning submission and contractor procurement in time to start this autumn, if all goes to plan. We are working with an exciting design that the whole team is proud of.”

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