School Refurbishment Projects: What Should You Consider?
There are many schools across the country that are in dire need of refurbishment. Dated and ill-equipped to deal with the average class size and school day, there are many things that need to be considered in regards to school refurbishment projects.
Who Is It For?
By refreshing and updating school property to improve the quality of the building, we can hope to inspire our youngsters and give them the best place to learn, with the best teachers and with the best set up. Refurbishing a school is about providing a better future for pupils and attempting to give them the start in life which they deserve.
A refurbishment project is important to students but it can also help teachers and other staff members to do their job properly. While the aesthetics might not mean as much to them, the layout and design of the place in which they’ll be working daily can go a long way to making their jobs easier and safer.
What Is The Life Cycle Of The Building?
Nothing stands still for long; times change quickly, and in education it is imperative that our schools are kept up to standard. Not only do the designs and tastes of a generation change in the blink of an eye, but the recommended layout and best working practices can also change in cycles. Because you can’t forever change buildings to meet the changing fads and fashions you need to plan your refurbishment with a timeless look in mind, it’s difficult to do but the better you plan now the longer a building can go before it needs more refurbishment.
Keep in mind that not everything needs to be changed, you may only need certain areas or aspects of a school building refurbished to bring it up to standard and to refresh the premises.
Remember The Outside
For many schools, the look of the building from the outside is important – it reflects to parents, students and the local community what the school’s values are. This doesn’t just mean the walls of your building, this can mean everything from the way you address the perimeter of the school to the landscaping on the plot of land where the school is situated.
Health & Safety
Nothing is more important than the safety of the pupils and staff who will be attending the school. At the same time, if the refurbishments are for an existing school, you need to think about health and safety during the works carried out.
Construction design and management coordinators can deal with these issues in tandem with any other health and safety officers and advisors who might be on the project. Many schools choose to have the majority of their major works done in holiday time to help reduce the risk involved with having pupils on the site.
With lots of experience in working on school refurbishment projects and our involvement with educational property projects, you can rely on Aedifice for help when planning and developing your school. Get in touch today to learn more about how we can assist you in creating a better learning and working environment for everyone.