Designing future-ready modular classrooms from the inside out

Designing future-ready modular classrooms from the inside out

16:41 17 November in Education, Modular buildings, News and Views, School Interior Design

With today’s advanced construction methods meeting the highest and most stringent standards of material performance, it is no wonder that modular buildings within educational environments are increasing in popularity, since they guarantee best possible environmental outcome for energy efficiency, sustainability and safety.

Yesteryear’s prefabricated classrooms were deemed uninviting, uninspiring, and largely uncomfortable. Typically installed to cope with population bulges, they emerged as ugly blots dominating the landscape, offering poor insulation and dreadful acoustics. These substandard ‘overflow classrooms’ would certainly not have promoted concentration and productivity.

Conversely, modular buildings of today are paving their way into schools, purposefully designed from the ‘inside out’, flowing seamlessly into the next inspirational educational space.

Inside first

To drive academic success, it is essential to design a learning space that delivers a positive impact for student experience and staff satisfaction.

Modular buildings can be scaled up or scaled down which means the internal space can be modelled for purpose prior to build. This means that learning spaces can begin with the outcome – Improving students’ learning journeys.

It is well documented that flexible, intelligently designed spaces within schools, inspires and engages students, facilitating SDL (Self Directed Learning) and blended learning methodologies, which are becoming evermore pervasive driven by advances in technology.

So how can this new space improve performance and promote classroom collaboration?  And here is where the magic happens- an off-the-shelf turnkey solution capable of transforming the learning experience with the end users at the heart of the design, limited only by ones’ imagination!

Outside blending in

Whether a school boasts centuries of heritage with listed old architectural buildings or is a more modern development, modular buildings can be thoughtfully designed and constructed to complement any campus.

With schools evolving into a hub for local communities, many spaces are being designed specifically to facilitate multiple usage, inside and outside of school hours.

Materials  

A variety of materials make for a fast and flexible modular build. They can be constructed of timber or steel with many options for external cladding including brickwork, render and timber boarding.

High quality buildings can be constructed and fully finished off-site to reduce time on site, meaning that schools are no longer restricted to scheduling build work during the six-week summer holiday period.

All of the infrastructure can be built into the space including IT, electrics and plumbing. Even staircases can be constructed offsite.

A render produced by Envoplan some years ago for a modular project at Ipswich School.
Envoplan drawing of modular expansion plan at Ipswich High School

Moving to modular?

Our in-house team have decades of experience designing learning spaces that work for today and for the future. Whether you’re considering staff rooms, SDL complexes, washrooms, huddle spaces, music rooms, or boarding facilities, modular buildings could be the best development option.

Contact us on +44 (0) 20 8997 9656  enquiries@envoplan.co.uk