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External Learning Environment : Concept Designs

rotatED : Architecture Information

30 Mar 2010

3DReid & Blue Forest Launch ‘rotatED’

Architects 3DReid in collaboration with Blue Forest have revealed the first images and details of their new, innovative and sustainable external learning environment.

‘rotatED’ has been developed as a single modular entity capable of being turned on any of its seven sides to create an outdoor place with infinite possibilities for activities such as play, learning and performance within a sheltered, natural environment.

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Graham Edwards, Divisional Director at 3DReid, said: “The concept has been developed in response to feedback from pupils, staff and stakeholders seeking quality outdoor space that promotes healthy living, environmental awareness, social interaction and opportunities for personal development. The simplicity of this creative and flexible design enables pupils and staff to use and personalise the space in various ways to suit their needs. No two ‘rotatED’ will be the same.”

‘rotatED’ is provided as a base shelter with the opportunity for schools to select additional features from a range of external finishes, doors, screens, photovoltaic panels, toilets etc., depending upon their specific requirements and budgets.

Simon Payne, Director at Blue Forest, said: “Meeting the government’s sustainable school agenda has been key in developing the concept and so rotatED will be built with environmentally friendly materials (Forest Stewardship Council Certified Timber) with the option for various renewables including wind turbines and rainwater harvesting.”

rotatED Design rotatED Building External Learning Environment Concept

The standardisation of panel design reduces cost and lead-in times thus enabling the base build ‘rotatED’ to be installed in around 10 days, subject to site conditions and service requirements. This timescale particularly suits the main school holiday periods thereby avoiding disruption during school hours.

‘rotatED’ images / information from 3DReid




rotatED – Background

3DReid is an award winning architectural practice which has designed over 100 schools within primary, secondary and higher education. They are experienced in a range of procurement types, from PPP, BSF and PCP and act on behalf of Authorities, Funders and Contractors. One of the largest practices in the UK, employing over 200 staff, they also have offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Blue Forest is an award winning company that specialises in the bespoke design and construction of inspirational, sustainable and experiential buildings. We have a heritage in the design and construction of luxury tree houses for both residential and commercial clients and specialise in the creation of sustainable buildings of all types. Our portfolio includes everything from exclusive accommodation for the hotel and leisure industry to custom built eco-classrooms and forest centres.

BSEC is the Building Schools Exhibition and Conference. It is the only event in Britain that caters for everybody involved in school building projects from the planning stage through to the use of new buildings – architects, teachers, contractors, ICT specialists, Local Authorities. It also happens to be the fastest growing event in the UK, with visitor numbers up 300% in 2009.




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Co-op Headquarters Manchester, England
Co-op Headquarters Manchester
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Co-operative Group Manchester – head office building

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