Old Buildings See New Life As Schools

School officials in the UK are increasingly looking at old office buildings and other existing facilities that can be converted into school houses more affordably than building from scratch.
December 14, 2009, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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This article takes a tour of an old office building that was recently converted into a school.

"It's an idea that could become widespread. The Conservatives have already made it clear that, should they win power next year, schools will have to do more with less, swapping new buildings for converting old offices, church halls and municipal buildings.

Experts think it can be done: refurbishment and remodelling "already play a major part" in school building programmes, says Ty Goddard, the head of the British Council for School Environments. In future, "imagination and wise thinking" will be needed to make the most of what's there already, he adds."

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Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in Guardian
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