Post occupancy evaluations (POEs) of school building projects

We commission and pay for a post occupancy evaluation one calendar year after a new build or major redevelopment is finished.
We use these to refine and improve our design process for future builds. It can be helpful to read past POEs before starting a build or redevelopment at your school.

A post occupancy evaluation evaluates buildings in a systematic and rigorous manner. The evaluator interviews the people using the new buildings and facilities and collates the information under 4 main headings:

  • accessibility
  • health and safety
  • modern learning environments
  • sustainability.

The POE identifies both positive and negative aspects of the new buildings and gives recommendations for improvements. We use these recommendations to improve the design process for future buildings. If there are any defects these are sent back to the project team to make good.

Completed post occupancy evaluations

If you are starting a new build or redevelopment, reading past POEs can be a useful way to find out how well previous new builds are working for the people using them.

2016

2015

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