A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

5.1   Design and Layout of Art Rooms

When new accommodation is being planned, it is sensible to get specialised advice on the layout and specification of furniture and equipment. This can normally be obtained from local authority advisers or manufacturers of specialised equipment. The positioning of fixed machinery and furniture will have to take account of the required circulation space. The organisation of workspaces for disabled people has implications for access, furniture and equipment.

Maintenance of equipment and devices - including floors - requires careful management of studios, workshops and storage areas to ensure adequate and safe access free from obstruction.

The question of appropriate group sizes may need to be considered. The numbers of pupils using accommodation at anyone time, taking into account the nature of the activity and the degree of supervision required, should be appropriate to the design, layout and organisation of accommodation (see section 4.6).