Design showcase: temporary learning spaces

When configuring a learning environment, temporary learning spaces are no exception

Temporary classrooms and lecture spaces are a necessary requirement for many modern academic institutions. Sometimes, in the case of fire damage or other such unpredictable circumstances, it can mean that they are needed very quickly. 

In any case, the need to ensure a stimulating learning environment for students means the task is less straightforward than it would initially seem. 

Temperature control, lighting and security are always high priorities and it’s important that these are considered when specifying the structure. In addition, there is not always a lot of space for crews to work with, so experience of building structures in confined areas is sometimes vital.

Each build is unique with its own set of challenges and must be project-managed carefully to ensure the right outcome. First considerations are the size of structure needed, location and terrain. A site survey will reveal what is required to provide level flooring and secure fixings to the floor below.

If the temporary learning space is needed for an extended period of time, consideration must be given to the extremes of weather and the necessary solutions – heating in the winter months and air conditioning through the summer. Providing good-quality air conditioning systems to maintain comfortable temperatures through the seasons is critical.

From a student perspective, one of the most important factors is lighting. Window panels and well-positioned lights can make sure that the overall lighting is sufficient and evenly spread across the classroom.

Finally, doors with security systems will make sure your precious equipment is protected. 

So, any temporary learning space can replicate the environment within the permanent buildings.

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