Victoria Education Centre in Poole, known as VEC, is a high architectural quality educational building for students with physical disabilities or complex medical/neurological conditions, many have additional needs including communication difficulties, learning difficulties and sensory impairments.
The brief called for the design of a ‘state of the art’ hydrotherapy suite and swimming pool, together with therapy rooms, life skills flat and support facilities. All of which needed to be designed to facillitate the everyday needs and requirements of the students and staff. Overhead hoists, disabled access toilets & changing rooms, plus rise and fall worktop systems in the kitchen are a few of the systems put in place to create a truley accessible environment.
The new education building creates a dramatic contrast with the existing buildings which of poor architectural quality. The ‘VEC Sports Centre’, links an existing sports hall to the new pool building, by means of a direct public entrance. The facility will be used by pupils as well as the local community.