We particularly enjoy working for local government to help build schools for the future. The sheer diversity of knowledge required to design all the facilities required for a school means that our engineers can call upon their experience in primary, secondary and higher education projects around the globe. BSE 3D has great understanding of campus planning, building design and operations in this market and understands the concerns and aspirations of education clients – from state and public sector bodies to commercial or private providers and private institutions.
Our engineers have experience ranging from designing naturally ventilated learning resources buildings, to closely controlled data centres for London colleges.
Good Design Enhances Learning Environments
BSE 3D is committed to providing better learning environments for students of all ages through good design. Colin Ashford, Technical Director, was a former employee at the Building Research Establishment and has extensive knowledge and experience of working with government to write performance specifications for new build schools, universities and colleges. Our engineers have experience working with clients across all phases of education building projects: from needs assessment, capital planning, master planning, project management, design and construction, through fit-out and commissioning, to post-occupancy support and facilities management.
Designing Sustainably for Academic Enjoyment
Our specialists are skilled in designing all types of academic facilities, including libraries, laboratories, residential dormitories, lecture theatres and faculty buildings, as well as those that enrich the cultural life of the campus.
BSE 3D appreciates that education facilities occupy a social setting. The firm is well-placed to design a sustainable “campus” and not just stand-alone green buildings. Our engineers have designed systems for heating and ventilation, lighting design and infrastructure. The firm can also provide design and advisory services on the renovation and restoration of heritage buildings.
BSE3D have a passion for education and relate our experiences of being STEM ambassadors against the traditional view of education. The traditional view has been that of a one-way process through which an educator stands before a class to disseminate information for the students to absorb. The next step would then be for the students to undertake related assignments, usually individually, on the various topics they’ve been absorbing.
Classroom teaching traditionally involved the first and second ‘remembering’ and ‘understanding’ components, while students would be tasked to independently work on the more complex ‘application’, ‘analysis’ and ‘evaluation’, typically through projects and assignments. Creating original work — arguably the pinnacle of academic achievement — had become widely associated with postgraduate study, and oftentimes viewed as a requisite to earn a degree such as a doctorate.
BSE3D views on education have evolved to incorporate a more dynamic process offering students a more interactive learning experience. We support Architects to help make spaces for conducive to learning and so that the environment helps maximise performance and doesn’t leave you feeling fatigued. Similarly, ‘active learning’ pedagogies encourage participation, thinking and analysis. Instead of listening passively, students gather data, apply concepts, hold discussions and explore solutions to problems. Studies suggest that increased engagement makes for more effective learning and higher levels of achievement.