Open plan teaching is becoming increasingly popular due to the benefits offered by this form of teaching and learning environment. Open plan spaces offer increased levels of flexibility, sharing of resources, cross learning between teachers and between pupils, enhanced visual and auditory communication as well many other educational benefits.
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BB93 ‘Acoustic Design of Schools’ also provides advice in the form of case studies which are presented in Case Study 7.2 – An investigation into the acoustic conditions in three open-plan primary schools (BB93 Page 97) and Case Study 7.3 – Remedial work to an open-plan teaching area in a primary school (BB93 Page 107). These case studies look at the effects of acoustic treatments, acoustic screens, seating layouts and other aspects. It is MACH Acoustics view that this information is relatively limited and that better, simpler and more flexible solutions can be found.
MACH Acoustics has undertaken a number of projects containing open plan spaces ranging from open plan breakout spaces in primary schools through to full plazas providing the full educational spectrum to 60/90 secondary school pupils at a time. Two of these spaces include the New Line Learning Plaza and the New Line Learning Plaza 2 at Oldborough School, Kent. Case studies on these two schools are presented within this PDF document – Open Plan Teaching.
In addition to these projects, MACH Acoustics is working alongside White Design and Monmouthshire County Council in the design of two key educational open plan facilities; Green Lane Primary School and Castle Park Primary School. Using this blog, MACH Acoustics will be presenting our designs as they progress.