The DQI workshop was commissioned by Solihull MBC who through the North Solihull Partnership are delivering ten new primary schools. The new Bishop Wilson CE Primary School at Craig Croft will be the fourth school within this programme. The use of the DQI has been added to the procurement process to increase the user engagement and consultation within the brief writing and design evaluation processes.
The new school’s grounds facilitate change in curriculum delivery whilst providing a safe, secure and inspiring environment, that encourages wider community use and interact with the school.
The people attended the DQI assessment were very keen on creating light airy spaces with a sense of well being and space that connected into the landscaped school grounds and provided a welcoming link to the community from the new village hub. The group could see the difficulties faced by the designers between opening the school to the community within the new village centre and ensuring users security. As the school is within the new village centre there was an opportunity to discuss the new public transport routes and links with the local authority and bus company and this opportunity should not be missed.
The DQI report was reviewed by the respondent group to help in the evaluation of the current designs in comparison with the weightings established in this DQI Briefing Record report.