NAS Vanguard School – Projects

NAS Vanguard School

Client: National Autistic Society Academies Trust
Sector: Education
Size: 78 places / secondary and sixth form entry
Value: £8 million
Location: Lambeth, London
Status: In Progress
Internal Team: Catherine Mulley
Craig Helliwell

This new free school will provide specialist education for children and young people aged between 11 and 19 with autism and associated learning disabilities. There will be teaching facilities, therapy suites and individual learning rooms. A hall with adjacent kitchen and breakout areas will be shared for use with the local community.

The school is to be set on a tight urban site, bordered by a busy main road, a public park and high-rise residential developments. To overcome these challenging conditions, a two-storey, rectangular building was designed with external play areas located towards the public park and a first-floor terrace area for the use of sixth form pupils.

Other design considerations have included the need to cater for a changing pupil population and to provide a calming environment that can help to minimise anxiety and overstimulation.