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Design Guidance by Schools

Design Guidance by Schools

Information covered includes the design of schools (including building bulletins) CABE design guides and detailed technical guidance.

schooldesign1Each one is accompanied by a short overview of why the guidance is needed and the scope covered. Caution should be taken where guidance, while still useful, may be out of date, or was developed for a context that may not be appropriate for Wales.  It should also be noted that recently the guidance documented here has been amalgamated on the GOV.UK site (external link) in England.  In Wales, we continue to follow the guidance on this site, although this will be reviewed in due course.  

General introductory commentaries are also given for some key aspects of school design, summarising the guidance that is available and giving definitions.

Depending on your level of knowledge or expertise, you can browse through these documents in various ways. By choosing "All Schools" and then one of the topics displayed beneath, you will be taken to all the guidance relating to that topic.  Alternatively, if you are concerned with a particular project, choose "Primary", "Secondary" or "Special". You will then see the guidance that is appropriate for spaces that are particular to that sector.  

Using these guidance documents and reviews will ensure that you are well-informed about all relevant legislation, requirements, and knowledge of best practice.

Related links

The statutory framework for school buildings and design in Wales falls under three broad headings
The sustainability section links directly to a specific website that holds the guidance on this topic.
These examples represent best practice guides for Secondary Schools drawn from all over the UK.
These examples represent best practice guides for Secondary Schools drawn from all over the UK.