Standardisation: the debate
In these two articles, Mukund Patel, Deputy Director of Schools Capital Assets at the DfES, argues the case for pre-fabrication and off-site construction, whilst Sunand Prasad, of architects Penoyre and Prasad, cautions against standardised designs.
Looking to the future & valuing the past
Century 21 Schools co-editor, Sharon Wright, visited one primary school in Trafford which seems to have got the balance right between innovation and shared history.
Small scale prefabrication – school buildings
A new piece of research has just been published about the use of prefabrication of small scale school buildings in the Eastern Region which will be of interest to schools and client bodies thinking of extending their school.
Special needs quality through the PFI
Designing a school for children with special needs has always been challenging. At Kingsley High School in Harrow, Nicholas Hare Architects have succeeded, despite having to overcome the complexities of PFI at the same time.
‘Why?’ Is The Most Important Word
How do you create exciting, brave new learning environments? As a new wave of schools enter the design process, some headteachers recollect the principles and pedagogies that have created some of the most innovative and challenging projects of the BSF programme so far.
How to read Architects’ Drawings #5
This article is the fifth and final part of a series of articles about understanding architects’ drawings, with a focus on Visualisations and how to best use them to benefit a school plan.
BCSE Study tours to Copenhagen schools
In November 2006 and March 2007, 100 BCSE members travelled to Copenhagen to visit schools which are becoming world renowned as beacons of good practice in school design. Beth Gladstone, Head of External Relations, reports back on what they saw.
Sustainability is now the cutting edge agenda for school buildings, with multi-million pound investments in the UK's Primary Schools. By employing the latest building techniques, environmentally-sound design and innovativeuse of materials, outdated school buildings are being transformed into energy and money saving havens.
Relocatable School Buildings – DESIGN AWARD
Design guide for BSF temporary buildings. Sponsored By: RIBA, Terrapin, NPS, 21st Century Schools & Scala.