HLM-designed All Saints High School and Seven Hills SEN school is underway

8, June, 2010

Construction work on the new All Saints High School on the outskirts of Sheffield is underway. The £27,000,000 project, designed by HLM, will incorporate a remodelled and extended All Saints campus providing for approximately 1,400 students ranging from 11 to 16+ years old and students in the sixth form.


The project, which will be completed in September 2011, also includes a special education needs school, SEN Seven Hills, which will provide places for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties.


The two schools will be located on the same campus on what was once Sheffield Deer Park and the design aims to provide innovative opportunities for both schools to exploit and maximise inclusive learning opportunities.


Linked physically, they will share key accommodation, including a suite of post-16 facilities providing integrated sixth form learning and social space, dining areas and recreational and sports facilities. Staff will also have the opportunity to work together through shared staff facilities and a single front of house.


Key aspects of the design include:

  • – New main entrance to serve both schools and community
  • – Separate traffic and pedestrian routes where possible
  • – Link new dining hall in Seven Hills with the existing dining in All Saints to integrate the population of both schools
  • – Link existing Blocks A, B and C with a new extension to All Saints School
  • – Combined 6th form department for both schools
  • – Combined administration and staff areas for both schools
  • – New specialist teaching accommodation to be created in All Saints school
  • – External teaching spaces linked to internal classrooms where possible


The curriculum vision for the school centres on the ambition and aspiration of the students, which means students will increasingly be offered personal bespoke learning programmes and will be expected to learn with and from each other, and on occasions independently of the teacher. This has significantly impacted the building design – more flexible spaces are required and will include ‘learning Suites’ and large ‘conference’ type areas. The opportunity for students to work in different environments both specialist and general will be plentiful.


A high quality, landscaped entrance plaza is crucial to the effectiveness of the project and the outdoor school spaces will be landscaped to address the diverse nature of the pupils.


The design also incorporates a range of sustainable design principles, including:

  • – Use of thermal modelling to optimise building envelope u-values
  • – Naturally ventilated where possible.
  • – Provision of green ‘habitat’ roof to new build
  • – Automatic lighting system to supplement and enhance daylight levels
  • – Utilisation of natural indirect light from the sky to provide diffused light as the primary source of illumination wherever feasible
  • – Artificial lighting designed to supplement daylight levels when insufficient
  • – Infrared movement detectors with delay settings within ancillary areas
  • – Veolia district heating to aid in achieving 60% carbon reduction


The project team comprises: VINCI Construction UK, HLM, services and structural engineer Mott MacDonald, quantity surveyor EC Harris, access consultant B3 Safety and Access, and CDM coordinator Walker Cotter Safety.


Nick Beecroft at HLM, said:

“After a long consultation process, we are excited to be on-site and moving on with delivering the improved All Saints High School and Seven Hills. Our vision has focused on creating a school with a warm welcoming atmosphere, an inspiring and enjoyable place to learn and teach, within a high quality environment.”

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