BSF Exemplar designs
The BSF project provides a number of example school designs and guides on its web site. There are also details of requirements for the use of architects and the planning process. Unfortunately BSF took the unhelpful approach of recommending documents and then describing what web site they were on, instead of giving an actual link to the document. I have tried to track down some of these, but a better source seems to be Partnerships for Schools. Some of the concepts to be old ones, dressed in with new terms, as an example "All-through schools", seems to be the old open plan idea, but with some curved partitions.
- Secondary school examplar designs
- all-through school exemplar design
- Exemplar Designs: concepts and ideas
- Transforming Schools: an inspirational guide to remodelling secondary schools (or whole document in PDF).
- Design Quality Indicator (DQI) for Schools
- Picturing School Design, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) booklet
- Building Schools for the Future: The client design adviser, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
- Future of Historic School Buildings, English Heritage
Another practical design come from UK company Labform, who normally design science laboratories, but also do IT labs for schools. Their design has narrow benches around the walls of the room, and octagonal tables in the center. The photographs show CRT computer monitors being used, which gives the desks a cluttered appearance. One interesting aspect is that the slim tower computers are placed on the desks next to the monitors and act as privacy screens between the students.
The wall benches appear to be 600 to 700 mm deep and are a bit cramped with the bulky CRT monitors (these would be fine with slim LCD screen). The octagonal tables appear to be about 1400 mm by 1800 mm, and designed for two computers back to back, with provision for three students at each computer.
The front of the room has a wall mounted whiteboard and an overhead projector on a table for the teacher. There appears to be an overly generous amount of floor space between the desks. There are two holes in the top of the octagonal desks for cables and the wall benches have wall mounted power and data sockets.