Services & Skills

We work with organisations who are looking to use a building or estate intervention to catalyse change. Our skills are broad and flexibly cover a range of services across the life of a building project from the strategic briefing stage to post occupation. Across all of our services our space planning skills are core, from the strategic to the detailed level. Our services apply to learning and workplace environments.

Strategic briefing

Articulating & translating organisational vision into a strategic plan and spatial model, supported by rigorously tested space standards.

SPACE programming

The unit areas & space standards defined within the space budget are based on space planning tests, helping you “right size” the accommodation to optimise the quality of space within affordable limits.

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standards

Based on extensive testing & experience we have developed & continue to develop benchmarked space standards. This data base of standards & studies allows our clients to benefit from a flexible kit of parts approach.

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Design support

Testing the evolving design against strategic principles (through space planning overlays) helps service delivery demand continue to inform design & inform the evolving FF&E requirements.

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Interior & FF&E development

Colour, signage & graphic strategies, along with development of performance specifications for Fittings & Furnishings, are a key area where users to can continue to participate linking outcomes back to strategic aims.

Estate strategy support

Using agreed qualitative (service delivery demand & future readiness) & quantitive (space standards & capacity) criteria we can assess performance & offer scenarios where improvement could be implemented.


Selected projects

SPACE strategies worked collaboratively with Norr UK to develop a strategic brief for the new West Calder High School in West Lothian.

Led by senior stakeholders within West Lothian Council we assisted the development of an innovative and forward thinking brief for the new school which was driven by new approaches to pedagogy & curriculum delivery and the use of technology to support both physical and virtual learning experiences.

Discussion around the concept of learning plazas coincided with the construction of a space within the existing school (part of the innovative learning spaces project funded by Scottish Government). This space was used as a test bed to trial innovative teaching & learning practice, new technologies & digital services which informed the detailed specification of the new school. To date the learning plazas are highly utilised and are viewed as providing an enhanced learning experience.

 West Calder High School opened in August 2018 and has been well received by learners, parents, staff & the authority. 

SPACE strategies are supporting SFT in the publication of a document intended to support organisations in their move to smarter working.

Since 2011, SPACE Strategies have assisted Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) on a number of work streams supporting various public sector organisations in the development of strategic approaches to their workspace.

We were asked to use knowledge gained to date from our work with SFT & our experience of working with local authorities to develop key organisational & space planning principles which can provide a starting point & framework for organisations who are considering smarter working approaches & designers who are delivering smarter working environments

The tool kit is currently being finalised & is intended to be published by SFT in January 2019.

Opened in Jan 2018, Waid Community Campus is a learning campus which responds to the needs of a wide community of learners.

SPACE strategies worked closely with the schools senior management team, teaching staff, learners, and key stakeholders within the authority to explore innovation and its impact on space.

A driving force behind the spatial constructs, which emerged as part of this process, was the desire for the new facility to be more than a school. Wider use is supported through a council customer service point, library, community cafe, sports and leisure facilities. Classes delivered by Fife College are supported through a suite of spaces which are also used by other service areas such as social work . The campus is used by mobile council staff to touch down locally. Skills Development Scotland operate from a shared staff base alongside the schools staff.

The authorities integrated approach to learning support and a strong ethos around nurture aligned well with the inclusion of spaces which could respond to the desire for wider participation and joined up service delivery. Occupation of the school has opened up flexible opportunities which were previously not considered in the strategic briefing process. 

In 2016 SPACE strategies supported Angus Council’s move to agile working through the development of a workplace strategy & space planning & design ‘tool kit’ .

In doing so we helped the authority consider how the organisation worked now, how they could work in the future, how space could better support the organisation and what the enablers for change were. 

The “kit of parts” space planning / design tool kit is being used by the in-house team of architects to roll the programme out across a rationalised operational office portfolio within a number of buildings, new build and existing, with continuity in regard to the space planning principles.

As part of our scope we applied the tool kit across a selection of buildings, as exemplar space planning / design models, to support costing, business case development and implementation.

Angus Council are currently in the process of consolidating their office estate in tandem with their new agile working programme. The new principles and spaces for corporate staff are now in place and a series of locality hubs, to suit mobile citizen facing staff across the geography, are currently in development.