Innovation stems from an enjoyment of the design process and a willingness to explore new methods and techniques. Our researh activities inform our approach to design, consultation, and construction, and puts us at the forefront of innovative design practice.

Research activities

Urban Green Spaces Task Force: as a steering group member our recommendations resulted in the formation of Cabe Space.
BSRIA’s Centre for Construction Ecology: steering group member. Led to the Revised Code of Environmental Design.
Black Environment Network (BEN): exploring the idea of multi-cultural identification in the design and use of public space.
DfES Exemplar School prototypes: developed the transformational agenda for Learning Outside the Classroom.
Learning Through Landscapes: we worked closely with Hampshire County Council to establish this national charity promoting the value of school grounds.
Heritage Lottery Fund: We secured a £100,000 research grant to investigate National Curriculum delivery which engenders local sense of place and context.
Grounds for Optimism: We are a pilot scheme partner working to develop innovative outcomes for the school grounds.


CABE Client Guide: Achieving Well Designed Schools Through PFI
Building Schools for the Future – The Client Design Advisor, CABE
Better Buildings, Better Design, Better Education, CABE/DfES
Being Involved in School Design: a guide for school communities, local authorities, funders and design and construction teams, CABE
Better Civic Buildings and Public Spaces, CABE
Schools for the Future – Designing Schools for Extended Services, DfES/PfS
Picturing School Design – A visual guide to secondary school buildings and their surroundings using the Design Quality Indicator for Schools, CABE/DfES
An introduction to Building Schools for the Future: 2008 Edition, PfS

Recent Conference Presentations

The Heritage of Memorials, Cambridge University
New Perspectives in Landscape Architecture, St. Petersburg