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    • #708513

      Hi there,

      I am a student currently studying Interior Architecture. I am on my final project and I want to design a creche and primary school. I am having trouble finding the proper architectural guidelines. Can anyone help?



    • #775872

      Hi Emma,

      Designing a similar project myself. Any luck on getting information on creches?

    • #775873

      I presume you have read the recently updated Childcare Regulations?
      Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006
      That should be your start point. Section 5 will be of particular relevance.

      Also see Child Care Act 1991- Part VII – (Appendix D)
      and the following:

      Childcare Facilities – Guidelines for planning authorities (June 2001) (available from Government Publications Office and
      Building Regulations, 1997 – S.I. No. 496 of 1997
      Building Regulations (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 – S.I. No. 179 of 2000
      Technical Guidance Document M (2000) – (Access for People with Disabilities)

      Resource Pack to Support Best Practice in the Design of Childcare Facilities (currently
      in draft) (will be available from City/County Childcare Committees and Pobal)

      Fire Safety in Pre-schools
      Code of Practice for Fire Safety of Furnishings and Fittings in Places of Assembly
      (both available from Government Publications Office and

      Building Control Act 1990*
      Building Regulations 1997 – 2006 Parts A-M*
      Building Regulations 1997 – 2006 2002 Technical Guidance Documents A-M*
      European Communities (Hygiene of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No 165 of 2000).
      Public Health (Tobacco) Acts 2002 and 2004

      For copies contact
      Government Publications Office,
      Sales Office,
      Sun Alliance House,
      Molesworth Street,
      Dublin 2

    • #775874

      Does anyone know where I would get a copy of the new 2008 guidlines?

    • #775875

      On the fire safety side maybe also have a look at
      Building bulletin 100: Design for fire safety in schools (UK)

    • #775876

      Well, if you wonder what the Department of Education actually does, it writes guidelines, – tons of them!
      Try this for starters:

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