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BEDFORDSHIRE Three completed classrooms by Sergison Bates Architects in the Sandy area, each a central space with ancillary accommodation around an external covered area.

BOURNEMOUTH The only classroom not on a school site; an interpretation centre at Hengistbury Head by White Design, about to go out to tender.

CAMDEN A truly mobile classroom, to be based at one school but to be trucked around the borough.

Design, by Gollifer Langston Architects, has restarted after some project organisation problems.

CORNWALL Just handed over for fit-out, it encourages students to learn through projects based on space travel and exploration. Located in Camborne, it is by the Design and Maintenance Consultancy of Cornwall County Council.

DEVON Three projects: the Chulmleigh community college, and two of its feeder primary schools - Witheridge (p34-35) and Winkleigh, by Gale and Snowden Architects.Winkleigh can be divided in two, and out of school hours becomes a community facility.

COUNTY DURHAM Three completed classrooms, at Easington, Escomb and New Seaham, all by Environment and Technical Services at Durham County Council. Easington is a community college that provides neighbouring schools with access to specialist staff and resources. Escomb is a rural primary school with a bias to using IT to connect with the wider community and beyond. New Seaham is an urban primary school providing a learning resource centre and school staff training in the wider area.

KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA A striking design by Studio E, the main classroom in a stressed-skin timber pod with steel rib and ETFE conservatory is about to open. A science base, it is planned to include a telescope, chemistry lab and mini-biosphere.

MILTON KEYNES A project of two schools - one of the first to finish, in 2002. By Architecture MK, these are highly prefabricated and potentially relocatable. Large volumes are readily subdivided for school and community use.

NORFOLK Three schools now open, by NPS Property Consultants. Rural location puts an emphasis on outreach. Energy is also a focus, such as the wind turbine at Thurlton and the ground coil (rather than borehole) at Hevingham, which are two primary schools. Hobart High School at Loddon includes video links locally and to European partners in France and Germany.

RICHMOND UPON THAMES Environments intended to excite, the classrooms are GRP pods by Future Systems. The costly demise of one manufacturer has reduced this from a three to two-school project. Currently in the factory.

SHEFFIELD Brunswick (p28-29), Ballifield (p30-31) and Mossbrook are three primary schools. The Mossbrook building is for a school focused on special needs by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; it awaits completion of fit-out. Set by a lake, it has an environmental education focus. The classroom at Yewlands Secondary School, by Education Design Group, will become the flexible technology centre for this technology college.

TELFORD & WREKIN Two schools take a prefabricated prototype (p36-38).

Information taken from 'Classrooms of the future: innovative designs for schools', the Department for Education and Skills

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