The Gould Building


Dorset County Council


Weymouth, Dorset


New teaching block and sports hall

This 6,900 sq ft development at Westfield Arts College provides a new base for teaching 3 to 16 year olds on the autism spectrum, together with a new sports hall, gymnasium and changing rooms, which are also open for community use.

The Autism Base includes specialist teaching space, sensory and therapy rooms plus all support offices and ancillary accommodation.

All areas of the building are ventilated by natural means and rainwater is collected in a swale on site, contributing to sustainable drainage and improved biodiversity.

Set on a south facing hillside outside Weymouth, extensive glazing takes full advantage of daylight as well as the views to create a bright and tranquil teaching environment, essential to enhancing learning and teaching skills.