Time: 11:40 - 12:40

Date: 27-Nov-2019


Autism and Psychology of Space: Lucy Plumridge, HLM Architects

The British Institute of Learning Disabilities estimates that 2% of people in the UK have a learning disability/ difficulty, ranging from mild to profound and multiple learning disabilities. The diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders and other cognitive disabilities is on the increase with ASD reportedly affecting 1 in 100 or even 1 in 60 young people in some countries. For these students the world can feel overwhelming, they can feel socially different and unable to interpret what is going on around them and this can cause considerable anxiety. So how do you design schools, further and higher education spaces that support special educational needs such as Asperger’ Syndrome and Social Anxiety?

The talk will explore how design principles for specialist SEN schools can influence all education buildings, to create environments that can reduce stress and anxiety and promote student wellbeing. It will include an exploration of the sensory qualities of spaces as well as physiological impact of spatial relationships.

Defining Learning Spaces: Lesley Woolfries and Andrew Brown West Dunbartonshire Council & John Paterson, Morgan Sindall

West Dunbartonshire Council have embarked on an exciting, education led development catering for a Primary School, Early Years and ASN provision in the one campus.

We are striving to design and deliver a thought provoking, innovative facility to house function led, purposeful and diverse spaces to fully support the curriculum, with in-built flexibility for future shifts in how education is delivered. We would wish to present and seek feedback on the process to arrive at the design proposals uniquely tailored to respond to the site and with specific focus on how we have crafted the internal and external learning spaces.


  • Andrew Brown Senior Education Officer | Education, Learning & Attainment | - West Dunbartonshire Council
  • Lesley Woolfries Capital Project Manager - Capital Investment Team - West Dunbartonshire Council
  • John Paterson Senior Design Manager - Morgan Sindall
  • Lucy Plumridge Head of Education - HLM


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