Classroom design Blackburn, Blackpool and Preston

Marple Sixth Form College

We have recently completed the design, supply and installation of the new refectory and Learning Resource Centre for Marple Sixth Form College. The college has a commitment to providing high quality post 16 education for young people in Stockport and the High Peak.

The refurbishment of the Buxton Lane building earlier this year saw the development of the new Learning Resource Centre and an extended refectory. Working closely with the college, our brief was to create an inspiring, flexible and functional interior for both students and teachers. The design of both areas was driven by headcount; as well as accommodating the current students it also had to cater for additional intake in the coming years, therefore, creative space planning was key to the success of this project.

Based on feedback from students and staff, we worked with the college to convert the refectory into a modern dining environment. Consideration was given to the size and shape of the room and seating preferences. Our goal was to deliver a dining facility to relax, inspire and above all encourage students to use it. The project involved a variety of fixed and loose products in a creative layout, in colours to compliment the college brand. The result is a bright, energetic and visually appealing space.

Creative input from our design team delivered a state-of-the-art LRC, which offers individual as well as group study areas. The introduction of bespoke kidney shaped IT stations, fixed wave desking, mobile bookcases and a soft seating area ensures the space can be used to it’s maximum potential at all times. A contemporary fully functional reception desk with effective storage solutions completes the look of this area.

New furniture is a major investment for any school or college; therefore, it’s important to us that all the pieces supplied, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, were also highly durable.

Our attention to detail coupled with access to a wide range of education furniture suppliers went a long way to ensuring we delivered this project on time and to budget,  resulting in impressive facilities for this outstanding college.