Treetops Free School – Delivering a future-proof school to support SEND needs

Location: Grays, Essex
Contractor: NetZero Buildings

Creative spaces for flexible learning

Pinnacle worked with Bond Bryan and developed the adopted designs to meet the varying needs of both pupils and teacher. During the build process, Treetops made some changes to classroom requirements to complement their curriculum. Through a series of creative workshops, we collaborated with them to ensure the requirements of both the students and the teaching team were met. Adaptability was a key consideration in this project with our workshops empowering teachers to adapt their learning spaces, so they are easily reconfigurable, thereby future proofing the spaces for years to come.

The internal spaces have a range of Therapy and Specialist Rooms including a sensory room – with light and sound features to assist in stimulation, Soft Play Room for increasing mobility and strengthening physical ability with its own climbing wall. The textile room with DDA compliant height adjustable tables allows students to explore fabrics, fashion and sewing while a colourful and robust climbing frame in the sports hall is a focal point for indoor P.E.

We were honoured to be part of this fantastic project and contribute to Treetop’s passion in providing a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated to meet individual needs

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Project Highlights

Sensory rooms The Sensory Room & Soft Playroom 

Textile Room Textile Room 

Home Economics Food Tech Room

Sport HallSport Hall

We came into this project quite late in the process, but through open and constructive workshops, we were able to work within the FFE budget to adapt some of the spaces from their original design, to give the school some exciting spaces that they have not got elsewhere on their estate. This really enhances the estate-wide provision for Treetops School and its students, and it was a privilege to work on this scheme.

Andrew Ball , Lead Project Consultant for Pinnacle

The service we have had from eightspace has been fantastic, they have accommodated and supported our needs at every twist and turn during the construction of our new school, and there have been many.  The communication and open dialogue has meant that our project was able to open fully equipped and ready to go.

Anthony Hattam , Headteacher