It is possible to model any property strategy based on a rationalisation of an existing estate or the planning of new study programmes. The space implications of changes in room numbers or course provision can also be assessed.

This graph identifies the existing teaching facilities that are surplus to requirements given an improvement in space utilisation compatible with workable timetables. Squeeze and squash analyses identify rooms that can be removed.

FIGURE 1: EXISTING FACILITIES SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENTS

Stellae Existing Facilities Surplus to Requirement

The surplus rooms can be clustered to release marketable buildings or other defined areas of the estate.

At each stage of the planning process workable timetables can be produced based on current good practice or planned space utilisation levels. The following room timetable shows the benefits of increasing room frequency from 40% to 65%. The improved seat occupancy of 379 student hours ensures a space utilisation level of 39%

9 – 10 10 – 11 11 – 12 12 – 13 13 – 14 14 – 15 15 – 16 16 – 17
Monday 20 20 14 14
Tuesday 12 12 10 12 12
Wednesday 18 18 18 16 10
Thursday 17 17 15 16 16
Friday 12 10 14 14 14 14 14

Room profiles can be prepared on the basis of space needs assessment data. The type number, capacity, area and space utilisation levels are calculated on the basis of feasible timetables. The specification of required rooms provides the basis for building plans and designs prepared for architects.

Illustrated is a visual representation of an element within the modelled teaching room stock of Edinburgh's Telford College.

FIGURE 2: ELEMENT WITHIN THE MODELLED TEACHING ROOM STOCK

Stellae Element Within The Modelled Teaching Room Stock

The building plan is an extract of the college design prepared by HOK International on the basis of the modelled teaching room profile.

FIGURE 3: BUILDING PLAN USING THE MODELLED TEACHING ROOM PROFILE

Stellae Building Plan Using The Modelled Teaching Room Profile
Edinburgh's Telford College image © HoK International

The timetables for Edinburgh's Telford College were prepared on the basis of the planned teaching room stock prior to construction. The risk associated with the estates project was reduced to a minimum.