Education Sector

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Learning is a journey of personal discovery. While education remains focused on finding individual potential, it is increasingly a social activity, relying on environments that support new and interactive types of learning. These environments need to be flexible and adaptable, allowing teachers and lecturers to direct and facilitate whilst encouraging integration between subject areas. Technology has transformed the learning landscape – wireless communications, laptops and intelligent building systems all support a more mobile, fluid approach which is centred on the learner.

WilkinsonEyre have delivered education environments across the full spectrum of learning ages – including an all-through school for the BSF (Building Schools for Future) Programme, which incorporated pre-school, primary and secondary accommodation; undergraduate and graduate study environments; and laboratory and research space of the most specialist nature. Despite these designs spanning a range of requirements, there are commonalities that can be drawn out in the process for each.

Buildings for education are increasingly outward-facing, supporting lifelong learning and local regeneration as well as sharing their facilities with the community. Alongside this concern for wider economic sustainability, environmental performance has become a key issue, with the whole-life value of the building, its systems, performance and materials all important considerations.

High quality architecture brings substantial improvements to the learning environment, and can have a positive effect on educational outcomes. WilkinsonEyre brings best practice from other building typologies to the design of education buildings, raising the status and profile of these spaces to become more appealing to users and funders. We have an extensive portfolio of education work, ranging from leading universities to local schools, and from generic teaching spaces through to specialist research laboratories and public learning environments in libraries and museums.

Stafford Critchlow - Director, Head of Education