I read the editorial on Building Schools for the Future (BSF) (AJ 06.07.06) and felt I should contribute. I have been involved in the Carillion-led bid for Leicester BSF. Carillion has called this consortium 'Inspired Spaces', although everything remotely inspiring we tried to include was removed by the contractor. Even when we demonstrated innovative but cost-effective ways of providing 'inspiring space' (which the school expressly wanted), if it wasn't made of brick with punched-hole windows, it was removed.
After many years within design-led London practices I found my first experience of education projects and the public sector very depressing in terms of the designers' inability to effect a positive approach, but more importantly for the children who will have to sit within these school buildings of the past.
I have now learned why much of the country is littered with truly depressing public-funded buildings.
Chris Sutton, head of business, Atkins Design Solutions, Cambridge