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Building Schools for Future design should be standardised, MPs told

Design elements under the government’s school-build programme should be standardised, according to industry figures

Head of Education at Atkins, Philip Watson, who gave evidence to the latest Children, Schools and Families select committee on the £45 billion secondary school building programme, called for standardisation to ensure that practices can resource a government injection of £800 million to accelerate the programme.

‘There has to be a worry that we have enough good experienced design capacity within the UK to respond to the £800 million being brought forward,’ he said. ‘We should be looking at a kit of parts approach that wouldn’t limit creativity necessarily. Classrooms could be a 60m² standard bay which would allow us to use modern methods of construction and bring more designers into the market that haven’t got the expertise.’

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