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Class of 2014

This week we feature five schools that opened at the start of this academic year

School building remains a complex world of multiple acronyms and funding routes. In this issue we feature five schools that opened at the start of this academic year, four completed in the context of increasingly tough public sector procurement and one independent school.

As the final Building Schools for the Future (BSF) schemes are being completed (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s Burntwood School, was built following a review into its BSF funding), BSF’s successor, the Priority Schools Building Progamme, is gaining pace. The first of 261 schools in this centrally managed programme will be completed this year, including Nicholas Hare Architects’ Stratford School Academy. The architect of this building explains the difficulties of designing within the reduced time, cost, and space demands of this programme.

The final schools funded through National Academies Framework 2, now replaced by Academies Framework 3, are also being completed, with BDP’s Enterprise South Liverpool Academy one of the last to come to come to fruition under this framework. Two further state-funded schools of vastly different scale - Archial NORR’s Port Glasgow Community Campus and a low-cost Portakabin assembly in Barking by Surface to Air Architects - have been directly funded by local councils.

Meanwhile independent schools try and differentiate themselves through quality of facilities, as Mitchell Taylor Workshop’s classroom extension at Kingswood School in Bath shows.

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