Decades of Experience in the Education Sector

We create, refurbish and maintain schools and colleges of all types and sizes, to provide inclusive, inspiring and sustainable places to learn.

Our Approach

Central to our design philosophy is a need to provide for the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual education of our children, whilst remaining flexible to future change in pedagogy and technology. 

Inclusive Design

We ensure that our learning environments are inclusive to all, drawing on our experience of working with many different client bodies, as well as staff, pupils, governors, and local communities.

With over 50 years' experience of designing private and state schools, we believe in providing every child and young person with the best learning environment possible, in order to build their confidence and self esteem. We work with schools, local authorities and communities to improve the outcomes for all children and young people, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

We have a detailed understanding of UK specifications and take time to fully understand the individual needs of each client. Sustainability is at the core of our work in education; we ensure that schools and colleges are designed to meet the latest DfE specification, delivering Net Zero Carbon and Passivhaus schools and colleges.

We have experience of collaborating with a wide-ranging client base, including academy trusts, colleges, Local Authorities, diocese bodies, the Department for Education (DfE) and national and local contractors.

Meet our Schools Experts

Director
Chris Turner
BA(Hons)  MArch  PgDip  ARB  RIBA Chris joined PBWC Architects in 2018 after... Read More

BA(Hons)  MArch  PgDip  ARB  RIBA

Chris joined PBWC Architects in 2018 after working in London where he led the delivery of major mixed-use regeneration schemes in both the UK and abroad with project values of over £120m. Becoming a Director of the practice in 2021 Chris is now applying his passion for environmentally and socially responsible architecture and urban design to help shape the ethos and vision of the practice.

He has wide experience of public consultation processes and has repeatedly represented the practice during the engagement of complex and varied stakeholder groups, local authorities and review panels. Chris is responsible for several sectors including schools, urban regeneration, placemaking, later living and care.

Working with a wide range of private sector and local authority clients Chris is adept at taking their projects through complex planning processes and supporting them to create truly transformative places.

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Architectural Assistant
Ben Bosworth
BArch(Hons)  MArch  DipArch CEPH Ben is a certified Passivhaus designer and... Read More

BArch(Hons)  MArch  DipArch CEPH

Ben is a certified Passivhaus designer and leads the PBWC Architects Sustainability Working Group, helping to ensure that all our projects are delivered to meet the highest environmental standards. As the PBWC Environmental Manager, Ben is also responsible for ensuring that Atlantic Studio and PBWC Architects operate in a holistically sustainable manner and in accordance with ISO14001.

Ben is passionate about contemporary architecture and environmentally led design and enjoys helping shape and deliver projects that capture these aspirations and make positive contributions to our built environment.

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Director
Simon Burgess
BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  ARB  RIBA Simon studied architecture at Liverpool... Read More

BA(Hons)  BArch(Hons)  ARB  RIBA

Simon studied architecture at Liverpool University before moving to London in 1990 to work on a wide range of projects including specialist housing for those with mental and physical disabilities, primary and secondary healthcare projects, sheltered housing and townhouse conversions. He has also illustrated a book on caring environments for the frail elderly and was privileged to work on Stephen Hawking’s private home in Cambridge.

Simon joined the practice in 1997 and has continued to lead a range of building types including schools and colleges, residential, sheltered housing, lifeboat stations and healthcare projects. These included Padstow, Appledore, Hoylake and Lytham St Annes lifeboat stations, the Sunrise Centre at Treliske and Carclaze primary school. Becoming a director in 2008 Simon is responsible for the Environmental and Quality Management Systems, Project and Practice Policies and Procedures and ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditation. 

Simon is particularly interested in ensuring that the experience for those working at PBWC is positive and was instrumental in the plans for PBWC Architects to become an Employee-Owned Trust in 2019.

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Architectural Assistant
Justina Naruseviciute
BA(Hons) DipArch Justina has a passion for schools projects and has gained... Read More

BA(Hons) DipArch

Justina has a passion for schools projects and has gained extensive experience on Cornwall Council's programme of primary and secondary school expansion across the county. 

She is also a key member of the professional practice working group responsible for digital information management and document control. Justina has become a specialist in integrating BIM workflows with our in-house document control software Newforma, ensuring compliance with our Environmental and Quality Management Systems.

Justina has recently graduated from the work-based study program, RIBA studio, gaining her RIBA Part II qualification, and receiving a distinction for her final year project. 

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“It’s fantastic to see all of the planning come together, and witness students and teachers use all of the wonderful facilities available.”

Daniel Mather, Assistant Head, Penryn college

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Schools Design

We rejuvenate educational spaces, both new and aged, across a diverse range of schools, ensuring they evolve into environments that are not only inspiring and inclusive but also sustainable for future generations. Our commitment lies in the transformation of educational facilities into vibrant hubs of learning. By injecting new life into aging institutions and thoughtfully designing new ones, we aim to craft spaces that transform traditional boundaries and foster a sense of inspiration. The emphasis on inclusivity ensures that these learning environments cater to diverse needs, promoting an educational setting where every individual feels valued and engaged.

Sustainability is at the core of our approach, acknowledging the responsibility we bear towards the environment and future communities. Through innovative design and environmentally conscious practices, we strive to create schools that not only meet the immediate needs of learners but also stand as beacons of sustainable development.

If you have a specific enquiry or if there's anything further you'd like to explore with us, please contact our team – we’re here to assist in every aspect of your project.