Schools design body set for better buildings drive

A not-for-profit educational lobbying body that will focus on multi-million-pound school PFI schemes has taken on PR support ahead of its launch next month.

From 19 June, the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) will promote good design and build in the education sector. The body wants to ensure PFI projects result in school buildings that meet educational needs and are attractive.

The organisation has given Furner Communications the go-ahead to raise its profile within the building and education sectors.

MD Ty Goddard said PFI and the Building Schools for the Future programme was a ‘unique moment in education’. He added: ‘This is the largest investment in school buildings since Victorian times and it presents a huge opportunity for everyone involved in the education, construction and management of schools.

‘Furner has been briefed to launch the BCSE and to raise its profile in business, construction, architecture and educational press to show how it will act as a forum for anyone concerned about the development of new school environments.’

The body wants to ensure new school design offers the best environment for pupils. A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report on new city academies found that some ‘architecturally bold’ designs did not always meet the ‘practical requirements’ of schools.

Health and social policy specialist Furner handled comms around a Housing 21 report into dementia care last month. The agency is also working for the Disability Rights Commission ahead of changes to legislation later this year.

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