This download is the full text of a report prepared by Nick Charlton Smith (of The Charlton Smith Partnership, the precursor of CSP Acoustics LLP) for the (then) Scottish Executive in 2005 and provides guidance on the implications of the use of open plan or cellular spaces in schools.
Entitled “Design for Educationally Appropriate Acoustic Characteristics in Open Plan Schools” the report looks at surveys of school users (teachers and pupils) in a number of Scottish schools and discusses the trade-off implications of open plan or cellular teaching spaces. Section 7.0 of the Report is particularly useful in providing an overview of the work and the results of the surveys. Sections 7.05 to 7.10 provide the principal advantages and disadvantages of each type of teaching accommodation.
The report is recommended reading for designers and clients (education and teaching personnel) before making decisions about provision of open plan teaching spaces in primary schools.