Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is a mixed selective 11-18 school with academy status. The Sixth Form Centre is based at the York Street site and accommodates over 600 students.

Working closely with architects, Cassidy & Ashton, we were appointed to design and furnish the library in this impressive school.

Our brief was to update the space into a contemporary learning environment.

The library is a very important part of the school environment, therefore the design, layout and the selection of products has to support student’s personal and academic development as well as the needs of the staff.

Beginning the project we embarked on a thorough consultation period with the client, discussing layouts, furniture options and colour schemes. The challenge was to design a space that would not only house the schools extensive book collection, but also provide flexibility of use for quiet and group study by teachers and students.

Maximising the height of the room a mezzanine floor was introduced. This space is home to the quiet study area and is fitted with desking, comfortable seating and low level bookcases. Utilisation of this extra headroom with its glass balustrade and original feature windows, allows students to take advantage of the fabulous views of the surrounding Lancashire countryside.

In a world driven by technology it was still important to provide a home for books. Effective space planning was essential to achieve the storage capacity required, with custom made bookcases fitted around the perimeter of the room.

A bespoke reception desk, complying with DDA requirements, allows staff to have full view of the ground floor. Neutral floor finishes and feature walls compliment the overall look and a centre piece soft seating area incorporating the school colours completes the look of the space.

The library now offers much more than just shelves of books, the combination of quality furnishings and careful design presents a flexible learning space that accommodates a number of different features: IT facilities, comfortable zones and study areas.

The school has a reputation for being a happy, stimulating and caring environment in which everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The fresh contemporary feel of this impressive new facility enhances this image, ensuring that students and staff are well equipped for the future…