Environments for Physical and Mental Health


We believe that the quality of the built environment has a profound effect on our well-being: how we feel, what we eat and even how we sleep at night. In order to be able to learn and excel in our achievements during those precious school years it is therefore fundamentally important that the facilities provided at school are of exceptional quality.

Two primary environments that encourage physical and mental health are sports facilities and dining spaces.

Coincidently, both spaces require careful specialist design and enhanced operational procedures to operate safely in the traditional sense.

Helen James shares David Morley Architect’s learnings from both angles, referencing three of our recent projects:

• The new indoor sports centre and swimming pool at King’s College School, Wimbledon
• New dining facility / café at Charterhouse School
• The active landscape and dining facilities at the Loughborough University Claudia Parsons Student Village and Elite Athletes Centre