With today’s educational agenda very much focussing on extended learning, community facilities providing out of hours use are more and more part of the early design brief. architecture plb has extensive experience of designing community facilities such as sports halls, gymnasiums,swimming pools. Here the practice shares some of its knowledge and raises some of the issues to be aware of. In a second piece it offers a guide as cross section of a sports development with key features marked out.
Meshing Curriculum and Facilities Design
Educators are having to confront a design challenge - how to design a new, more ambitious Physical Education curriculum - and in the process are having to re-think the design of the physical spaces required for PE. Crichton Casbon offers some personal thoughts.
Engaging the locals
Expect planning problems with any signifcant project, unless you are serious about comment partcipation, argues Kelly Edwards of Green Issues Communications.
A visit to see innovative school design in the Netherlands proved inspirational for a group of head teachers from Somerset.
Small is beautiful
A ground-breaking project is encouraging secondary schools to develop ‘human scale’ approaches to education. Sheila Dainton explains.
Luck, opportunity or a challenge
Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport and Chair of the Youth Sport Trust, outlines her vision for school based sport.
Five Years Later
The original vision for Waverley School in Dulwich was for great new sports facilities and extra rooms to create a unifed, single site, school. Restrictive offcial guidelines, changes in management and project perspectives and consequent delays meant compromises had to be made. Business manager Simon Newton relives the realities on the road to a successful completion.
Re-imagining Primary Sport
What is play and what is sport as far as primary children are concerned? It’s a pretty fundamental question when thinking about primary school refurbishment. When Stepehn Pidwill underntook a major primary school project it caused him to ask some radical questions.