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Mill Green School

St Helens, UK


project overview

Providing a secure and comfortable environment with safe connections to the outdoors

We designed the new, 80-place Mill Green School building to help young people aged 14 - 19 with complex, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties feel valued and supported to achieve the very best outcomes in life.

Developed as the lead project for the NW2 Schools PSBP Programme, the new Special Education Needs (SEN) building is a single storey facility positioned on the centre of the site. Our design respects the scale and massing of the surrounding area, helping to maintain the suburban grain of the area.

To encourage more connections with the outdoors and promote a variety of learning methods, we positioned a protected courtyard at the heart of the new school.

Dedicated zones are spread across the site, encompassing formal teaching and learning, life skills and social spaces close to the building and more informal active and social spaces at the edge of the site.

Helping to produce a safe, secure and comfortable environment, our design provides a compact, easily navigable school. Easy arrival and departures to the school are supported through a well organised access and egress strategy.

The site is clearly organised, separating public and private spaces. The majority of space is available to the school to use, whilst remaining safe, within secure landscaped teaching, social and learning spaces.

The main comment from visitors is that; ‘most new buildings feel sterile and cold, but this feels warm and welcoming as soon as you walk through the front door’. In early discussions that is exactly what we asked for and that is what you have provided.”

Colin Myers

Headteacher, Mill Green School

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St Helens, WA9 1BU


Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd






2,825 m2


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