The Cambridge Centre for Learning Spaces Innovation is a worldwide forum to support and advance excellence, innovation and wellbeing in school design.  An open-plan collaborative space for the exchange and discussion of new ideas.


Our mission


Schools need to provide the best possible learning environment where every learner can feel safe, emotionally connected, intellectually stimulated, and ultimately improve student outcomes.

Our work is both academic and practical. We are part of a pioneering research study currently underway with the University of Melbourne in Australia. This project brings together expertise from academics across the UK and Europe. We also work with a number schools on practical projects and these include Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge and a number of schools in New Zealand.

Our Centre

We are based in the grade II listed Newnham Mill which sits upon an idyllic waterfront on the edge of the ‘Backs’ in Cambridge.  The ground floor houses a brasserie with the working water wheel on display, and the top floor – the setting for the centre – an open plan space with the original timber cathedral vaulted ceiling.

This new chapter in the extraordinary history of the building represents how space can be repurposed and reimagined.

Professor Peter Barrett | Project research and evaluation

Alastair Blyth | University of Westminister and Terry White | PLS Director

Susan Ogier | Educational Author

Dr Katherine Forsey | Education & Outreach Consultant

Caroline Wright | British Educational Suppliers Association and EdTech Exchange

Wes Imms | University of Melbourne

Learning space furniture | VS

Learning space furniture | VS

Learning space furniture | VS

Rupert Daniels | Department for International Trade (DIT)

Carrie Winstanley | Professor of Pedagogy at Roehampton University

Heloise Took | Cambridge artist and creator of Millie

Mark Clarke | CDC Architects

Bhavini Pandya | PLS Director

Mel Shute | Headteacher, Trumpington Park Primary School

Research in action | Cambridge

Research in action | Cambridge

Research in action | Cambridge

Available for seminars, meetings, discussion groups and guided learning

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