RIBA statement on school design
RIBA Head of External Affairs Anthony Noun said:
'The RIBA supports the government's desire to achieve better value for money in school procurement and shared many of the frustrations with the Building Schools for the Future programme, which was wasteful, overly complex and too often resulted in poor-quality school building.
'While we will have to wait for further detail from the government in terms of its implementation, we were supportive of the broad thrust of the James Review of Schools Capital. The desire to increase efficiency and reduce complexity in procurement, to focus on creating a more intelligent public client and to ensure that good practice is captured and shared, are all aspirations we welcome.
The RIBA also agrees in principle with the need for greater standardisation of components and processes within school building projects but is keen to ensure that there is still scope for flexibility in the design process, in order to ensure that new schools are capable of adapting to different teaching needs and delivering the best possible environment for our children.'