In early October, the Education Funding Agency issued the much anticipated design guidance for the schools that will be built under the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Referred to as ‘Austerity Schools’ by some, the plans aim to reduce the cost of new school buildings by 30 per cent and will help local authorities cut capital spending.

Ian Henning, technical manager at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, explains why it’s imperative that all roofs on UK educational establishments are well designed and maintained to help reduce the financial burden on local authorities’ stretched budgets.

The DfE’s recent announcement regarding the Priority School Building Programme sets out the Government’s vision of ensuring that England’s school estate remains fit for purpose while offering every student a well equipped and modern learning environment. It also highlights the scale of the challenge. Refurbishing historic school buildings can play an effective part of the strategy to achieve this vision, writes Tim Brennan, senior regeneration adviser at English Heritage

As construction of the first standardised Sunesis school in the UK gets underway at Oakfield Primary in Rugby, the model receives endorsement from the Design Council. According to its makers, it can reduce construction costs by an average of 30 percent and can be erected in just 20 weeks.

A new framework in the West Midlands is helping to deliver high quality schools against a backdrop of severe public sector cuts. Andrew Peasgood, Worcestershire County Council’s framework manager for West Midlands Contractor Framework, explains how

With their knowledge and experience, modular suppliers are well positioned to provide modern, comfortable and functional facilities to an education sector that continues to feel the pinch.

The new playground of English Martyrs Primary has succeeded in providing the pupils of this inner city London school with an inspirational and engaging play area.

Design and architecture are capable of addressing a much broader notion of sustainability than just energy and carbon reduction, writes the Design Council's Alan Thompson and Bel Reed

How can historic school buildings be given a new lease of life, asks Tim Brennan, senior regeneration Adviser, English Heritage

By putting staff and students at Phoenix High School in control of their new building project, Hammersmith & City now has one of the most iconic and functional sixth forms in the country

Modular and portable solutions are becoming increasingly popular within an education sector struggling for space, says Jackie Maginnis of the Modular & Portable Building Association

University Technical Colleges link the world of work with the world of schools and colleges. They therefore offer a more practical style of learning in areas that mimic real workplaces

Andrew Brown, public affairs adviser at the British Printing Industries Federation describes how printing companies are evolving to meet the challenges presented by the digital age

After interesting discussions and heated debates surrounding hot topics, and an exhibition jam-packed full of free seminars attracting key decision makers, BSEC 2011 closed a success

What do you do when you’re handed the key to your shiny, new building but then you realise it suffers from all sorts of operational shortcomings? Cue the Soft Landings approach


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