The importance of outdoor learning

They understood the importance of outdoor learning and decided to create somewhere in the countryside where children could learn and grow.

Bond Bryan are delighted that planning permission has been granted for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust – an educational charity that was established by Michael Hill and Alan Aikin in 1979. Both understood the importance of outdoor learning, particularly to those children that struggle in mainstream education, and decided to create somewhere in the countryside where inner-city children and those from challenging backgrounds could learn and grow.

Their goal is simple – to help children to return to, or stay in, mainstream education so that they can enjoy their childhood and thrive. In addition, every year they help dozens of families whose children suffer with learning difficulties – providing stimulation and friendship for the children, and much-needed respite for families.

Bond Bryan were over the moon to be asked to design the new Education Centre; this project represents the true meaning of community spirit with many other local businesses coming together to help expand their provision and improve the lives of many more young people and adults.

The design for the Education Centre references both the overall dominant materiality of the site’s agricultural roots as well as introducing a focussed, refined pallet of materials that allow for a more modern aesthetic that accurately reflects the Trust’s forward-facing aspirations and vision.

Vertical timber panels articulate the external walls of the Centre – shifting from light to dark in tone as the footprint recesses to form the secluded seating areas to the south-west and north-west corners of the building. Dark corrugated metal roof panels reference the industrial heritage of the site, whilst offering a refined, sophisticated and modern appearance. The dark metal is also prevalent around the building in the form of the window and door frames, as well as in the deep, recessed casings that convey a level of detail and care – indicative of the quality service the Trust offers.

We look forward to working alongside the team and seeing the expansion of this much-loved establishment, which – for a lot of people living in and around the Sheffield area – holds many fond memories.

To find out more about Whirlow Hall Farm visit their website
www.whirlowhallfarm.org

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