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De Rijke earns gold star for schoolwork

De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects has unveiled its government-backed plan to redesign Kingsdale School in Dulwich, south London.

Last month's £9 million government boost for the 'School Works' demonstration project followed three months of close consultation with parents, teachers and pupils about the plans to recast the 1,000-pupil school as a model of future education design. Detailed designs for the scheme were unveiled to the public this week following the grant award.

The principles behind the plan include covering over the central courtyard to create a new communal space (see above), removing the 100m long corridors and making the school more accessible for parents, the community and after-school clubs. The central space will house the library, dining area and IT facilities under a vast plywood canopy. The edges of the quad will be lined with lockers and benches, increasing the amount of private space available to the pupils. Furniture layouts will be changed to radial patterns to adapt to the use of computers in education.

The scheme, being overseen by the Architecture Foundation and think tank Demos, has been earmarked by the government as a Movement for Innovation project aimed at improving user participation in the development of design briefs for educational buildings.

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