Contact: Dr David Brocklehurst (Director)
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Circulation Modelling

It is common for schools to experience congested corridors and stairs during class changeovers. This leads to poor discipline as pupils push into each other, which in turn leads to rowdiness, vandalism of fixtures (light switches, ceiling tiles etc) and the consequent need for increased corridor management. Congestion can be solved at the design stage by better planning of circulation space (greater area provision where pupil flows are greater).

The consultants at CDC are experts in circulation modelling and in the use of modelling software to pre-test school designs, highlighting areas of congestion and advising on mitigating measures to enable a free and comfortable environment. Where there are low levels of predicted footfall in new designs, they also advise on area savings. This can either be re-distributed in the design or used as a cost saving. The analysis is used to support architects, local authorities, educationalists and BSF teams.

Based on simulated pupil movements during the arrival phase, class changeovers, at lunch times and during departures, CDC consultants make recommendations for localised design amendments, enhancements to the school management strategy (bell or no-bell etc), and/or for changes in room usage in order to enable the desired result. Circulation modelling is also effectively applied to solving congestion problems in existing schools through congestion diagnosis and recommendations for enhancements in school management.

The effectiveness of improvements is clearly demonstrated by highly visual output, enabling clear communication of all issues and recommended solutions.

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