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Architectural giant Gensler has released these images of its 'design template' for more than 140 secondary schools across Kent. The practice has been brought in by Kent County Council to act as design adviser on the massive £1.8 billion programme, part of the government's Building Schools for the Future scheme, to overhaul the authority's entire secondary-school estate over the next eight years.

It is claimed that the new model will increase the 'ratio of dedicated learning areas by up to 50 per cent', and the concept proposals include innovations such as a 'cave space' and large atria that can house exhibitions. Gensler says that the designs have been based on research in the USA, Asia, Australia and Scandinavia. The AJ understands that the rebuilding programme will create a raft of new commissions for other architectural practices working within the Gensler template.

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