On October 17th we’ll be appearing at The Higher Education Expo in London, a free event which offers the opportunity for leaders and managers from HE institutions to share ideas, discuss challenges and find solutions. With speakers from a variety of HE institutions, a series of conferences at the show will discuss the future of Higher Education and how UK Universities can respond to recent funding cuts and greatly increased competition, meet the needs of a diverse range of students and consider the development strategies of specific HE providers.
We’ll be available to discuss funding opportunities, planning options and which type of Learning Escape will best match your requirements. From encouraging self-discipline to reducing stress and anti-social behaviour, a Learning Escape allows students to observe and enjoy the nature around them from the classroom where the natural inspiration can benefit their work. An abundance of recent studies, surveys and investigations have revealed the positive impact participation with and exposure to natural surroundings can have on the behaviour, attitudes and academic achievements of students of all ages. Teachers are equally responsive to a natural learning environment, with 70% of those asked in a recent survey reporting that their motivation for teaching was increased on green school grounds as compared to teaching indoors.
Woolwich Polytechnic needed to create more space to support their new post-16 intake and ‘outstanding’ Art department, and commissioned an outdoor building that was flexible, sustainable and unique to their school. Working around a tight budget for our biggest Learning Escape yet, our team of architects designed a two-storey eco building with full-length windows to provide natural light and inspiration for the students’ work. As a turnkey project everything from the foundations to the furniture was included in the initial quote, allowing detailed budgeting decisions and plans to be made without the threat of any unexpected costs.
With classrooms, canteens and common-rooms, single or double-storey constructions are the ideal development for a HE site hoping to expand their teaching space without a negative impact on the natural environment. Using sustainably sourced timber, recycled glass and energy efficient fittings our eco-classrooms combine innovative design with traditional materials to create a learning environment with minimal impact on its natural surroundings.
If you’re interested in arranging a free consultation, discussing your building options with an expert or finding out more details about our planning or construction process, head to our stand at The Higher Education Expo next Thursday or contact us directly.