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Don’t let car parks ruin school design, says CABE

CABE, has warned that while the standard of new school buildings is rapidly improving, the design of school grounds is not keeping pace

The government-appointed design watchdog has warned architects to give more thought to the surrounding site when designing schools and not let new facilities be dominated by car parking for teachers and visitors. Instead, proposals should provide attractive, inspiring spaces for socialising, exercising and learning.  

Speaking at the Learning through Landscapes conference, Richard Simmons, chief executive of CABE, said: ‘If some of the designs that we are seeing are built out then teachers and pupils face the prospect of spending playtime in the car park. A school is judged by the whole site and not just the buildings, but many school grounds display a failure of imagination.’

The warning comes as CABE has published six best practice case studies on school grounds.

School grounds are one of the 10 criteria used by CABE to assess design quality in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

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