The Wave Project Beach School
Client: Wave Project
Lavigne Lonsdale are thrilled to have been appointed by Joe Taylor, founder and CEO of the Wave Project to lead the design, for what is believed to be, the world’s first beach school for vulnerable young people.
Andrew Walker, the lead Designer of this innovative facility, felt it was about designing a building that doesn’t feel ‘institutional’ like a typical school. The building needs to provide an alternative educational environment giving the children a sense of escapism from their everyday struggles, while also meeting the operational needs of the charity. The design of the beach school incorporates local natural materials to create an aesthetic that feels "of the place" and help to create a natural “beachy” coastal feel to reflect the local environment. The farmstead cluster arrangement of the site plan provides an enclosed external courtyard, that allows children to feel safe whilst playing outdoors.