Planning permission has now been secured for a brand new Autism Centre in Blackburn that will provide high quality specialist education facilities and cater for up to 60 children and 40 staff.
This state of the art building has been designed by Capita on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Council, and will be attached to an existing special needs school on the site creating an overall campus.
Working closely with the school and Blackburn with Darwen Council, the design meets the specific design criteria for Autistic children and incorporates specialised facilities such as calming rooms, quiet rooms, group rooms and hygiene rooms. The central core of the building design also has a specialist sensory integration room for soft play with 4D sensory projection. A main dining, assembly hall and a trampoline room are also key feature points. All spaces have been designed to maximise light which provides a welcoming and safe environment for the pupils and staff.
Externally, the building has been designed to offer a subtle and natural fit into the surroundings, using products of a neutral and natural pallet and the eye catching walling slate has been locally sourced from the Lake District.
Now that planning permission has been approved, works to construct the building will be starting in the near future.