Moor Park High School & Sixth Form Centre
2013 marks a new era at Moor Park High School, Preston, with the introduction of a brand new Sixth Form Centre. The school now offers pupils the opportunity to continue to develop their abilities and talents as they join them for further education.
Back in 2012 planning permission was granted for a new sports hall at the school and for alterations to the current gym to convert it into a two storey building, which would house the new Sixth Form Centre and dining area.
Working closely with the architect and school, we were asked to design and furnish the interior of the Centre. Our brief was to create a state-of-the-art space to excite and stimulate the students while maximising the use of space.
The client’s aim was to establish an outstanding post 16 educational provision that would be an all round memorable experience and encourage more students to enroll in further education at the school.
The new facility comprises five flexible teaching rooms to accommodate various sized classes, a reception area, cafeteria, group room and social space. It was important that the design, as well as attracting the students, also encouraged them to engage and interact with each other.
We installed a bespoke reception desk at the entrance to greet visitors, positioned in a location that also ensures accessibility for students and staff.
The cafeteria consists of various zones; all defined using vibrant coloured seating arrangements with feature flooring directing traffic around the space. The design of this area was driven by headcount, as well as accommodating the current students it also had to cater for the additional Sixth Form intake, therefore, creative space planning was key!
We also created a comfortable social space to the ground floor, using bespoke booth style seating, with integrated power points for flexibility. Coin operated student lockers in exciting colours were introduced to complete the look of this area. A bright and airy study room for group discussion or quiet learning is located to the rear of the space.
To the first floor we designed and furnished five various sized teaching rooms, all of which incorporate modern, stylish furniture, with seating in a faux leather finish to give the rooms a sophisticated look. Each teaching space is flexible and can be reconfigured to suit the needs of the class.
We believe furniture is an investment for the future of the school; therefore, it was important that all the furniture supplied, as well as being aesthetically pleasing and comfortable, was highly durable for easy maintenance.
All works were carried out during the summer break. The result is an impressive new facility for this ‘outstanding’ school, one that Whitespace are proud to have been involved with.