David Bailey Furniture Systems has been extremely busy during the summer holidays supplying and installing new school furniture in more than 25 different primary and secondary schools throughout the UK.
School refurbishment contracts can vary significantly in scale and type from supplying a single storage unit to fitting out an entire building with new classroom furniture, but what they all have in common is the aim of improving the learning environment.
According to a recent study by the University of Salford, well-designed learning environments can improve pupils’ performance by as much as 25 per cent. Head teachers however are under increasing pressure to ensure that any budget allocated to refurbishment work is fully accountable, and that is where David Bailey adds real value; by not only offering a range of high quality, functional storage systems designed specifically for schools, but by guiding head teachers in the planning process to ensure they remain within their budgetary constraints.
Three London-based schools that recently received the David Bailey treatment were Calverton Primary School, Granton Primary School and Channing School, which together were refurbished with fitted furniture to the value of £42,228.
David Bailey’s Education range of storage units, trays and worktops comes in 20 different colours as standard, which allows head teachers to pick a palette to fit the school’s colour scheme.
Where Calverton and Granton selected a muted palette of white and grey for their classrooms’ units and worktops, Channing School opted for a mixture of colours for its music rooms.
Channing School’s music department required bespoke tall cupboards to accommodate musical instruments of different shapes and sizes, which needed great precision in measuring up and manufacturing. All of the units were therefore custom-made to fit the unique cupboard configuration.
Another interesting part of this contract was the use of fire-resistant chipboard and laminate for the tall storage units, as these were fitted within the fire escape route.Case study date: August 20, 2014