They think they’re societal entrepreneurs, radicals and revolutionaries even. Instead of the folk paid to make sure buildings don’t fall down:
Architects HLM, based in Aldgate, designed the school paid for by the Welsh Government. At the time the company said: “The new school will improve the social and cultural well-being of its users and facilitate a larger range of different learning requirements, intertwining both social and educational environments – a school for boys and girls to thrive.”
All lovely and open plan and collaborative and….
London-based architects designed the “sustainable communities for learning” school. It has large open balconies around a central “heart space” of dining hall, main hall and terraced courtyard.
But the design has been blamed for violence – with 136 exclusions at the 1,100-pupil school since term began in September.
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) said the open-plan design was contributing to poor behaviour.
Debra Thomas, interim head teacher at the school, admitted that it was “painful” to say that the “design of the building is quite a big issue”.
Large open space areas become colonised by gangs of feral teenagers.