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school building to become a 'kit of parts'?

2 October 2012

Template designs for new school buildings are expected to be unveiled by the government this week as part of its Priority Schools Building Programme, helping to reduce the cost of repairing and replacing run down schools.

Corridors, assembly halls and canteens will shrink in size and the cost of a new school will be slashed by up to a third of the average cost under the previous administration’s Building Schools for the Future initiative, itself heavily criticised for instances of costly exuberance in design .

Builders have been quick to respond by developing a series of designs to take account of this, but admit that such plans are based on the “kit of parts” approach in the car industry, whereby the majority of components are common to all makes with only a few bespoke items distinguishing between models.

But schools will still be of a sound quality and design. Will travelling in the basic saloon model rather than the coupe really make any difference to a child’s educational journey towards high attainment?

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