We believe that good design has the power to transform lives
Everyone deserves to be positively impacted by good design, and nobody more so than the young people who inhabit the schools, colleges and universities that we design. We hold this tenet at the forefront of our work at each stage of the design process.
We have nine design principles which we have use to design Human Centred educational environments. We design:
- Buildings that have an intelligent response to site and context – be they urban, such as Harraby Community Campus and University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing; or semi-rural, such as Littleport School and Leeds SEMH schools.
- Buildings that are legible and beautiful to use – to be a place which students and staff are proud to call their own.
- Layouts that are efficient and economic in planning and intuitive to move around – creating joyful spaces for the users and the wider community.
- Layouts that exploit natural light and scale, encouraging movement around the building – and spaces which are shaped around the needs of the individuals who use them.
- Buildings and spaces which use materials that are sustainable and require minimal maintenance – selecting solutions which are right for the short and the long term, encouraging carbon reduction in design and in use.
- Spaces that encourage social interaction and engagement – be it play or social learning, all environments should celebrate this.
- Buildings where integrated engineering design shapes the architectural solution – we are a multidisciplinary practice and this approach ensures engineering solutions are not an afterthought.
- Buildings that have designed-in adaptability and flexibility – because pedagogy and learning styles are constantly evolving.
- Buildings that contribute to our research activities – in order to feed back our own learning into future projects.
We believe the design process is as important as the designed product, and therefore we have invested in creating a Human Centred Design toolkit which underpins our design engagement process from inception to completion and beyond. For more information please visit www.atkins-hcd.com.
University of Glasgow Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Richmond upon Thames College
Springwell Leeds SEMH School
University of Edinburgh Arcadia Nursery
Springwell Leeds SEMH Schools
We have worked with the Leeds SEMH team on three schools designed to nurture and support students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. The schools create a welcoming, human scale environment where every child is nurtured to achieve their own success.