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Incorporating the needs of individual school communities into the design calls for people with in-depth experience and knowledge. Where we can help is with finding innovative, practical and cost-effective ways to deliver what specialists recommend. Successful project delivery depends on close collaboration between SEND specialists, architects and our design engineers from the outset of the…

What do you do when the ideal, or only, available site for a new building is surrounded by other buildings that are already in use? In the past the only viable answer might have been to give up. The project would have been too disruptive, difficult or costly, no matter how badly the potential new…

French anthropologist Marc Augé coined the term ‘non-place’ to describe aspects of the modern built environment that tend to disconnect places from the people who use them. A feature of much of the modern built environment is that you could go anywhere in the world and the urban environment looks and feels much the same….

It’s tempting to look forward to a time beyond Covid-19 when the world gets back to normal. In reality, that will probably never happen. Eventually, Covid-19 will cease to be a crisis, either because we have effective vaccines or because we work out how to live with the virus. By then, the ways we live…

The CBI published a report that paints a picture of our industry that is, at the same time, both optimistic and frustrating. On the upside, the report by the CBI and Oxford Economics highlights the potential for sustained productivity growth. This could achieve a £30bn increase in output with no additional costs by the end…

New school buildings are often needed urgently to meet growing demand. Additionally, building programmes that can be compressed to restrict major onsite works to evenings and holidays are particularly welcome. Fast-track construction, and the need to avoid disrupted learning, sometimes lead to compromises such as fully modular or volumetric offsite construction. Complete classrooms or building…

Predicting demand for school places has never been a perfect science – but in the past it has always been based on managing demand for new places, or the need to replace dilapidated and unsuitable buildings. Covid-19 is throwing in a whole new set of challenges requiring a rapid response, to managing the balance to…

Innovations in building materials and technologies have always fuelled revolutions in architectural style. Whether it’s humble historical developments like the ability to mass produce fired bricks, or more recent innovations in structural steel and reinforced concrete, all have left their imprint on our built environment. Arguably, we stand at the dawn of a new age…