Design may force school to close in summer

Combining design that is fit for purpose and climate change will increasingly be the challenge that faces our industry. The Guardian report on the 9th April may well hint at things to come:

Teachers yesterday demanded the right to walk out of hot classrooms during soaring temperatures, claiming “glasshouse” schools were putting children’s safety at risk.

David Brinson, from the National Union of Teachers, said: “How can children stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve if they are in an environment that is at best uncomfortable and at worst downright dangerous.”

New schools, such as privately-sponsored city academies, built with large glass windows may “look wonderful” and win architecture prizes but they were “completely unfit for the purpose”.


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