This paper looks at the generic repeat design of schools in Ireland.
Children of primary school age in Ireland are expected to increase in number by at least 10 per cent, and possibly even higher by 2025. This means that new schools will have to be built rapidly to keep up with the demand for school places. The Department of Education and Skills (DoE) has decided to use a generic repeat design (GRD) on school building projects where appropriate to satisfy this need for new schools. This GRD design means that the DoE produce standard designs which consultants, then use to construct a school building. As the design and cost limits are set by the DoE it is appropriate to investigate how these GRD schools are operating following occupation.
In order to obtain feedback, a case study was undertaken on two completed GRD schools. This consisted of identifying and conducting interviews with key stakeholders in order to identify gaps between what was designed and how the facility is now used. A number of issues that influence the effectiveness of the operation of the building have been identified which include the orientation of the school, the location of certain spaces within the school and the size and facilities included in each classroom space.
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