Over the years we’ve worked with our partners to improve the learning environments of the next generation, recognising our responsibility to create spaces where people of all ages can learn, innovate and build our future. Our people have years of experience transforming schools, colleges and higher education institutions so that they, and their students, can reach their fullest potential.
DESIGN FOR LEARNING: Spaces for Education are where the future of our world is honed. We are privileged to be leaders in this field, and to work with schools, colleges and higher education institutions to create outstanding solutions which excite, engage and inspire those who use them.
Our Education studio at Atkins has been responsible, over the years, for an extensive array
of projects to become one of the UK’s leading designers in education.
We pride ourselves in working collaboratively with our clients to improve the learning environments of the next generation, recognising our responsibility to use resources wisely to create spaces where people of all ages can learn, innovate and build our future.
Our team has extensive experience in designing places for young people and their teachers to reach their fullest potential. By using the full breadth of our people’s expertise, we can provide a range of solutions to the education sector: from architecture to multidisciplinary design; project and change management to carbon and sustainability consultancy.
THE CURRENT CONTEXT: We are in a time of great change and adaptation: the impact of COVID-19 has been devastating and will continue to affect virtually every aspect of society for the foreseeable future especially throughout the education estate. Recovery will take time, and the challenges and potential future opportunities it brings are likely to continue for some time yet.
There are many things to focus on and to engage with: many schools, colleges and universities have embraced the challenges that distanced learning has brought, and even found benefits in the way we have been catapulted into the different uses of technology. However, there has also been a significant impact on the mental health of young people as their lives and their learning have been disrupted in an unprecedented way.
We must take the lessons that we have learnt to create learning spaces and places that allow for diversity of learning and teaching both inside and within the landscape.
As the education sector responds to these challenges, we must also tackle the underlying issues of sustainability and the use of natural resources in current and future design. Building Back Better must be holistic in its thinking, and we all have a part to play.