Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Refresh, Refurb, Reuse and.....

An excellent members only seminar took place last night for BCSE members. (British Council for School Environments). Labelled as 'Refresh, Refurb, Reuse, and Change of Use' about forty people attended - the presentations were thought provoking and the discussion engaging. (it even delayed the refreshments at the end!)

Conversations included discussing the true cost of refurbishment, the potential risk transfer issues and funds being used on hidden maintenance legacy issues.... Obviously there were comparisons with some of the amazing new builds (or 'swagger palaces' as one delegate called them) and discussions about how innovative learning spaces could be developed when funds were used up in backlog issues in some cases.....
Education in places other than school buildings were explored as well as the real importance of interior design, lighting, colour appropriate furniture.. (cue conversation on affordability of attractive for schools)... as well as how old school buildings could be used!
Inevitably the whole discussion ended up talking about real transformation and how often we were really achieving it in new or refurbished buildings...
Add to this new software demonstrations (more on this later), networking opportunities and a promotion for The Centre for School Design.... then really a quite excellent stimulating evening.
I've said it before, the very small team at BCSE really do a lot of work and run numerous events - it is down to groups like this that these excellent evenings take place. Thanks guys!

1 comment:

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