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How to read architects drawings

Chris French explains, in the first of five articles, how to understand the visual language architects use to express their ideas (and confuse their clients) After this series, you need never be afraid…

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A sustained Attempt

Cath Basilio has designed a primary school in Sheffeld that puts many of the principles she has referred to into practice. In this article, she describes some of the sustainability features of her design.

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The South Yorkshire e-learning project

Profound changes have taken place in schools and communities in South Yorkshire thanks to an EU funded project that is breathtaking in scale. Barry Philips reports on the lessons learned.

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Client Design Advisors for schools

Improving the design of learning environments can have a big impact on the behaviour and attainment of the pupils attending a school.

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The acceptable face of PFI?

One’s first impressions when arriving at Oriel High School is that it is a bit plain and ordinary. But once you go inside, perceptions rapidly change.

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The Contractors View

With pathfinder and wave one Authorities well on their way, the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme is set to be the main mechanism for estate renewal for the Maintained Sector for the next ffteen years.

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Confessions Of a PFI school Headteacher

Michael Lewis charts his rough and rocky road from PFI innocence to experience.

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09/08/2009
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Do PFI schools have to be so boring?

How do we achieve a step change in the design of new school buildings? Andrew Beard, co-editor, has some suggestions for combating the deadening mediocrity.

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Avoiding Doorknob Disasters

Ironmongery can be 1 per cent of the cost of any School building project but more than 80 per cent of the hassle. And a bad decision can cost thousands in labour charges. So Ian Deans urges extreme caution.

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Who really understands Sustainability?

Cath Basilio, Senior Architect with Sheffeld City Council unpicks the trendy and superfcial concepts of sustainability to discover its radical promise for schools.

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Futuristic Teaching tool

Kingsmead is no ordinary school. It demonstrates a remarkable level of environmental ambition, and the achievements are backed up with statistics.

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Personalised Learning Swedish Style

Kunskapsskolan, a private school operator in Sweden has pioneered personalised learning and developed school buildings which are ft for this purpurse. It has a lot to teach the UK, thinks Andrew Beard.

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Classy refurbishment

Balfour Beatty Refurbishment’s specialist education Division are currently active at 14 Schools in London and the south East.

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If Only...

Jill Stuart had known then what she knows now about building a new PFI school things could have been a lot easier.

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A message from Jacqui Smith

It is common sense! To learn effectively, children need clean, comfortable, well-equipped school buildings.

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09/08/2009
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A place to grow

Gary Burns says Learning through Landscapes believe that all schools should plan for the complete outdoor learning environment, and shows how it can be done.

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Creating an Effective Brief

In the first issue of the Newsletter we looked at how to put together the development team of stake-holders and to work out a project timetable to produce the fnal contract. Ty Goddard, Managing Director of School Works explains how to construct the most critical aspect – the Design Brief.

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Vision, Teamwork and a Few Pounds

The value of a good site manager and team spirit can never be over-estimated when trying to make-over a large comprehensive with a small purse. Val Duffy-Cross of Langley School in Solihull explains how they did it.

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