Pull up a beanbag: it’s time to learn

Spacious and filled with light, kitted out with ‘wobble’ chairs, and nooks and crannies to escape from the bustle – one of Scotland’s newest primary school buildings is being likened to a branch of Costa Coffee because it has been designed to be a comfortable and inviting space. Henry Hepburn pays a visit and finds this focus on the learning environment is more than just froth

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Imagine trying to write a thesis while hunched on an intercity bus as the man beside you chomps through a foul-smelling cheese and onion sandwich, and another passenger’s headphones assail you with thunking basslines. Or imagine asking the chief executive of a FTSE 100 company to craft an annual report during a heatwave in a windowless box room without any air conditioning. Or expecting a surgeon to perform a life-saving operation as colleagues squabble over who stole whose parking space that morning.

Peace. Comfort. Space. Light. Clean air. These are not luxuries but essentials for doing our ...

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