WAN Awards 2015


WAN Mobile
WAN Mobile
Previous Next

Specialist Agriculture Teaching Facility, Durham, United Kingdom

Thursday 29 Jul 2010

Down on the farm...

Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment


GRADONARCHITECTURE start work on agriculture-based vocational teaching facility for those affected by ASC and ASD 

Work has started on a brand new specialist facility for individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition and Autism Spectrum Disorders in Durham, north east England. GRADONARCHITECTURE has been working closely with The North East Autism Society (NEAS) over the last six months to design the space which offers a range of vocational agriculture-related skills to those affected by ASC and ASD.

The facility on New Warlands Farm, Holmside will offer the chance for learning, training, welfare and refectory whilst the NEAS uses the additional 77 acres of the site to cultivate crops, create a herb garden and wild flower area, cultivate willow and start up small scale egg production and fruit farming.

Graham McDarby of GRADONARCHITECTURE explained: “Special consideration had to go into the designing of this facility as people with Autism have a degree of difficulty in making sense of the world they live in. We have worked closely with government guidelines, the NEAS, and then the local authority to ensure we adhered to the Derwentside Local Plan and secure planning on a sensitive rural site.”

Sian Disson
News Editor

Key Facts

Status Onsite
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Gradon Architecture

More projects by this architect

50 Energy-Efficient Homes

NE40 Studios

Charity challenge


Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site