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Interiors – Space & Colour

15 Oct 2024
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Diverse Spaces for Diverse People (Inclusive Design in the Mainstream Setting)
Kaylee Surridge, Space Zero

In our ever-evolving educational landscape, the need for inclusive environments in mainstream schools is more pressing than ever, with more than 1.18 million young people in the UK requiring support. This presentation will unravel the transformative impact of intelligent, holistic design; emphasizing how a carefully crafted environment can better cater to the diverse needs of all students, supporting them in their educational journey irrespective of their ability or the obstacles they may face.

Colourful Minds: Enhancing Learning Environments with a Neurodiversity-Informed Approach combines 2 and 3
Dawn Scott, Akzo Nobel & Stephanie Kyle, Maber Architects

The presentation underscores three key points essential for creating truly inclusive educational spaces.
Firstly, it emphasises that everyone deserves a welcoming, secure, and accommodating environment conducive to learning. By designing for inclusivity and considering the needs of neurodivergent individuals, we inherently design for everyone, ensuring that all learners feel valued and supported.
Secondly, the presentation highlights the importance of understanding colour and Light Reflectance Values (LRVs) to enhance flexibility in meeting Department for Education (DfE) guidelines. A deeper understanding of colour enables us to create visually engaging environments that cater to diverse learning needs while adhering to regulatory standards.
Lastly, the presentation advocates for going above and beyond compliance with existing building regulations such as Part M and PAS 6463. By surpassing minimum requirements, educational institutions gain a competitive advantage, demonstrating their commitment to creating inclusive and innovative learning environments.
In conclusion, the presentation offers valuable insights into designing inclusive learning environments that benefit all individuals. By prioritising inclusivity, understanding colour dynamics, and exceeding regulatory standards, we can create educational spaces that foster learning, creativity, and inclusivity for everyone involved.

Dawn Scott, Senior Colour Designer - AkzoNobel (Dulux Trade)
Stephanie Kyle, Architect and Inclusive Design Consultant - Maber Architects
Kaylee Surridge, Senior Designer - Space Zero



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