We could choose the right base model for a building off the shelf and personalise it by colour, alloys, fabric, and so on
For a step change to take place and government reduction targets to be met, those involved with delivering education spaces need to work differently (“Government drops plans for standardised school designs, 20 April, page 9).
Some projects may need to be bespoke to fit a difficult brief. However, the vast majority can use standardised designs and products. Why can we not buy a building like we buy a car, for instance? We could choose the right base model off the shelf and personalise it by colour, alloys, fabric, and so on.
Standardised school design does not mean a reduction in quality. As much, if not more, effort by designers goes into getting the design right so they can be repeated and further developed over time as experience is gained.
To make the best use of resources and help bridge the affordability gap, we must have a long-term view of the programme and workload.
Alan Coole, via building.co.uk