School building design guidance

Nailsea Secondary School under construction

Nailsea Secondary School under construction

Department for Education (DfE)

Publication date: various 2012
Ranking: essential

This a website listing all the Departments current guidance on school design. It includes:

  • Updated information on Building Bulletin 82, ‘Area guidelines for schools’, which has been superseded by two further publications
  • Information about changes to the standards for school premises, which for maintained schools which came into force on 31 October 2012. 
  • Baseline designs
  • Management of premises
  • Departmental advice on standards for school premises including the School Premises Regulations 2012 (SPRs)
  • Information about school fire safety regulations in place for new and existing buildings
  • Information about Building Bulletin 90, which acts as a guide to those involved in new school buildings and refurbishments.
  • Links to relevant publications providing guidance on designing effective school grounds
  • Information about the Building Bulletin 101, introduction to the content as well as tools related to ventilation and heating

How to view a copy
Follow this link to the DfE website

To obtain a copy in an alternative format or language
Write to:
Department for Education
Castle View House
East Lane

Telephone: 0845 60 222 60

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