School Lab Design

School Science Lab Design

Designing school lab rooms and school science classrooms is a balance between grouped working with integrated services, circulation space needed for safe movement around a technical classroom, and ease of focusing on the teaching zone for whole-class formats. Careful layout planning together with service routes for water, gas and power are key to school lab design and food tech room design. 

A recent survey of 1000 11 to 16 year old pupils found that poorly lit spaces with out-dated furniture were one of the factors contributing to students dislike of science. Good school science lab design can be a notable factor in STEM uptake.

As most lessons contain a mixture of activities, which may include presentation, discussion, research or carrying out practical experiments, layout design and worksurface formats are important elements of a school lab design. The activities include use of ICT, in the form of desktop or laptop computers and interactive whiteboards, which are used increasingly for investigatory work, data logging, presentations and simulating experiments.

Ideally Labs and science classrooms should have non-teaching support spaces for preparation and storage, which can be a shared space between several Labs. Fusion take great care to make best use of space in our school science lab design process.

A whole-class teaching format places particular demands on viewing angles. Including AV in the form of an HD camera and playback to display screens can significantly improve the ability of students to see a demonstration without crowding. This also has the advantage of improving a Lab layout for small group work as the orientation of islands doesn't need to be biased towards the main whiteboard. 

Lighting should provide an even spread of illumination with good colour rendering. Control of lighting is important if projection is incorporated. Simple lighting controls are easy to integrate during the school lab refurbishment process. Glare can be a factor when worksurfaces and flooring mainly use hard, potentially reflective, surfaces.

As most school labs are likely to have hard surfaces for flooring and furniture acoustic absorption is particularly desirable. Including ceiling and wall treatments can be very helpful in capping noise levels to keep sound energy at tolerable levels. School science lab design typically incorporates fume cabinets, power gas and water services, extract and drainage. All our school lab designs ensure compatibility as well as adding creativity where possible. School lab design by Fusion is supported by our refurb services so that we take a design through to a completed refurb project.

Integrated Ventilation

Ventilation and fresh air supply for Labs has a statutory minimum. Not only is fresh air a requirement but the distribution of air must be carefully introduced to avoid cold spots and interference from air movement. Extraction, either in fume cabinets or as a general negative air system, can be integrated into the HVAC services.

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