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Academic Architecture: 5 Considerations When Designing Educational Facilities

There’s a lot that goes into academic architecture projects and building new educational facilities. With a growing population, there is also an ever-growing need for more spaces within the education system. As such, architects that specialise in this area are in high demand.

As expert, RIBA qualified architects, we thought it would be good to detail a few of the many considerations that come when faced with a school design and build…

Safety and Security

All educational facilities have a strict duty of care for their pupils. As such, safety and security are crucial considerations during the planning phase of any academic architecture project.

Credible architects should consider security when it comes to drawing the plans for a building, as there may be something that can be done within the school’s layout to enhance this. Moreover, they should also consider access points and any tech they plan on installing to support with keeping pupils as safe as possible.

Budget Allocation

When it comes to building or expanding schools and educational facilities, budgets can often be limited. As such, it is the architect’s responsibility to do as much as they can within tight financial constraints. However, finding the balance between value for money and cutting corners is easier said than done.

Here at Munday and Cramer, our team have been a part of hundreds of academic architecture projects. This means that we are very well versed in working within limited budgets and to tight timescales. You can read some of our case studies here.

Space Utilisation

Space is often limited when it comes to designing the layout of a school. What’s more, your architects must carefully plan the logistics of moving from block to block for particular activities and subjects.

Funding for a school expansion is tricky to obtain, with many hoops to jump through when applying for CIF. As such, it’s important that your architect allows for growth within their plans if possible. Should you find yourself struggling with overcrowding, however, the team here at Munday + Cramer can assist with both the bid application process and the architecture phase thereafter.

Special Features

Some schools, especially those that are privately owned, often have special features such as football pitches or swimming pools. Not only must an architecture allow enough space for these features within their plans and budget, but they should also carefully consider the needs of the pupils and teachers utilising them. Functionality will have a big impact on the materials used. For example, it’s a good idea to install anti-slip flooring around a swimming pool, even if it isn’t the most aesthetic option available.

Friendly Environment 

Going to school, college, or even higher education can be an anxiety-inducing experience for some students. As such, during both the academic architecture and interior design process, it’s important that you are working towards building a friendly and welcoming environment. Although function is also a crucial consideration, you also want to create a space where pupils feel secure and at home.

Looking for Academic Architects?

Are you heading up a new academic architecture project? Whether you’re building a new educational facility or in need of help with a simple expansion, our team are here to help! For more information about collaborating with our RIBA qualified experts, contact us today by clicking here.