Matthew Lloyd Architects were appointed to create a design for the redevelopment of the site at the Old Coroners Court, set within the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene, Islington. The project provides the St. Mary Magdalene Academy with a new annex school for up to 36 Islington based students aged 14 to 19 with special educational needs in particular Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or speech, language and communication needs. The project was funded under the government’s Free School programme.
Through extensive stakeholder research and careful consideration of space requirements and quality, the design achieved is highly sympathetic to the special needs of the children and complies with the requirements of SEND design. The refurbishment provides two classrooms and two study rooms accommodating around six pupils each, a life skills room where pupils can develop everyday skills such as laundry and cooking and can sit and eat together, an occupational therapy room and a sensory room, where pupils can relax or work with teachers in a controlled environment. There is also a new front office and wc’s. An external canopy not only provides a connection between the rooms, but offers an outlook onto the sensitively designed and planted garden and outdoor play areas.
St Mary Magdalene Academy