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The Mill’s Tale

A historic water mill remodelled as an engineering academy will open to students in 2010. Neil Donaldson reports on the design and construction process that is giving a community pride in its engineering heritage.

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21/09/2009
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Playground prizes

The BCSE awards have announced the winner of their playground award - Moorside school, in Newcastle. Philippa Clothier met the design team and the headteacher to fnd out what made them winners.

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21/09/2009
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Making Spaces

When two theatre and lighting designers turned to classroom design, they revolutionised the use of light, sound and projection in lessons. Cathy Cross and Ben Willetts explain how.

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22/09/2009
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Zero carbon schools

Zero carbon schools – are they possible? Not with the current targets that expect every school to become a miniature power station, argues Richard Brailsford. But the targets are achievable if we take a holistic approach, Richard says – and encourage whole towns to work together to meet their energy needs with renewables.

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22/09/2009
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Winning bids

BSF is the billion pound cash injection the construction industry needs. But the bids will be won by the firms who have a thorough knowledge of the complicated, and often bureaucratic, system. Paul Thomas shares his advice.

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22/09/2009
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Two questions...

Do new school buildings drive educational transformation? Are we getting value for money from the £55 billion programme?

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22/09/2009
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Outsider art

A school in Wandsworth is involving its pupils in their environment - by displaying their artwork in the school grounds. Eyvind Ryans reports.

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22/09/2009
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Diploma design

A host of 14-19 diploma students are anxious to start in September – dreaming of industry-standard technology and learning spaces. Jane Abbot, Nick Williams, Sarah Hopkins and Valerie Bragg check out creative school designs for diploma students across the country.

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22/09/2009
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Points system please!

Even the latest version of the CABE reviews doesn’t take into account the restrictions school designers have to overcome. They also drag down a whole score for one mark. Caroline Buckingham has had enough - and is demanding a fair, points-based system.

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22/09/2009
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A lick of paint

Fantasising about knocking the school down and starting again is fine if you’ve got a bulging wallet. But there’s no need to throw the baby out with the bath water – a refurb and remodel is often the smartest design move, says Paul Turpin.

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22/09/2009
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Learning outside the classroom

'Learning outside the classroom' is an initiative inspiring not just teachers, but also architects. Helen Nichols reports on inspiring projects getting communities to make the most of their outdoor environments.

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22/09/2009
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The mobile classroom

Designers always claim their classrooms are revolutionary - but we’re still seeing the same rows of moulded plastic chairs and tables in boxy classrooms. Not so in the New Line Learning academy’s Plaza – it’s unlike any classroom we’ve seen before. Lucy Busuttil reports.

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22/09/2009
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Network Monitors

Alexandra Vinall reportsfrom Barry Island school - where a new thin client network system is saving school managers’ money and energy

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22/09/2009
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LG launches Network Monitors

LG has announced the launch of a range of Network monitors – which use thin client technology. Alexandra Vinall met Warren Lewis, the LG Business Solutions general manager, to ask why this technology is so exciting.

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22/09/2009
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The top ten tips for choosing an off-site contractor

Off-site construction sounds like a gift from heaven - you get a brand new school with none of the disruption of building work. But make sure you’re choosing a reliable contractor - with these top ten tips from David Johnson.

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22/09/2009
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Furniture for the Future

You need the right tools for the job, and the right furniture for the modern curriculum. Levent Caglar reports on the latest thinking in school furniture design.

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22/09/2009
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