Hazelwood School

GM + AD architects, Glasgow, 2007


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Curving classroom exterior 

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  • Curving classroom exterior    
  • Playground Path    
  • Central courtyard    
  • Front approach to Hazelwood in the day    
  • Front approach to Hazelwood in the evening    
  • Entrance at dusk    
  • Curving classroom exterior    
  • Curving classroom exterior    
  • Slate walls    
  • As the larch cladding weathers, it will start to blend in with its surroundings    
  • Dining hall    
  • North Classroom    
  • South classroom    
  • Nursery    
  • Facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool are housed at the far-west curved end of the school    
  • A cork-clad sensory wall helps children to orient themselves around the school    
  • A cork-clad sensory wall helps children to orient themselves around the school    
  • The long, low building, seen here from the north, wraps around mature trees    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section    
  • North elevation    
  • South elevation    
  • East elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Site perspective sketch    
  • House perspective    
  • View from senior classroom    
  • Garden perspective    
  • Wall detail    
  • Door detail    

School for children with vision and hearing impairment in Glasgow with impetus on sensory stimulation

Hazelwood School caters for 60 students with multiple disabilities, aged from two to 19. Each student has a combination of two or more of the following impairments: sight, hearing, mobility or cognitive. The design focused on creating a safe, stimulating environment for pupils and staff.

The architects set out to eliminate any institutional feel and worked to avoid conventional/standard details, creating a bespoke design that incorporates visual, sound and tactile clues.

The design incorporates cork-clad walls and weaving walkways to help students find their way round, various sensory lighting is used to engage children with vision-related disabilities. Facilities including a hydrotherapy pool put the sensory stimulation aspect at the heart of the school.


  • Begun: Jan 2006
  • Completed: Aug 2007
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £5.7M
  • Tender date: Jul 2005
  • Procurement: JCT 98 Local Authority with Quantities with Contractor Designed Portions
  • Address: Hazelwood School, 50 Dumbreck Court, Glasgow, G41 5DQ, United Kingdom

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