About this project
We were selected by contractor The Leadbitter Group to provide nursery and school furniture for a £10.5 million state of the art new build project for Wood Farm Primary School and Slade Nursery in Headington, Oxfordshire.
The contract also called for something different – curved school furniture for the classrooms, play space, toilet and nappy changing area.
“The design of the new school broke from traditional shapes, so it was fitting that the furniture would do the same. The result is fantastic, with curved desks and therefore curved loose furniture to match. Having worked with David Bailey before, the contractors knew the quality of our special education furniture and were confident in our ability to deliver. We didn’t let them down.” Trevor Gillman, Managing Director, David Bailey Furniture.
We manufactured education furniture as follows:
- Storage units with pine wood grain doors
- D-shaped blue handles
- Dark blue worktops
- Curved desks & loose furniture
- Drop-in centre
- Consulting rooms
- Nappy change areas
- Play space
Education furniture for Wood Farm & Slade Nursery
Phase one of the construction was completed by The Leadbitter Group last year and delivered a children’s centre, a Sure Start and community centre and a café area. Phase two includes construction of a new hall and teaching spaces for the primary school, while phase three will deliver additional general teaching spaces. Extensive external works to provide play areas and sports facilities are also included in the contract.
Contractor The Leadbitter Group won the three-phase project to rebuild the primary school and nursery. Proud of its extensive portfolio, covering project financing, property development, pre-construction management and design, alongside a first class construction delivery capability, The Leadbitter Group – the leader in its field – only sources high quality materials from reliable and cost-effective suppliers. David Bailey was the education furniture specialist of choice as The Leadbitter Group had worked with the Kent-based company previously.
Education furniture by David Bailey
Our Education range of fitted furniture is regularly specified for education establishments throughout the UK, including primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and special educational needs (SEN) schools. Available in 20 different colours as standard, we can install your education furniture, or deliver ready for you to fit. Our Education range includes wall-mounted and floor-standing units, storage trays and shelving, bookcases and laboratory furniture. We also offer a variety of safe and durable fixtures, fittings and specialist joinery to meet your specific needs. You can view our range of education furniture on our website.
Education furniture installations
Our specialist education furniture is installed in many schools, colleges and further education facilities. We have recently been selected by main contractor E W Beard to manufacture furniture for Headington Girls School in Oxford, in a £65,000 contract. This will be for 45 units and 100 metres of worktop in 11 classrooms. The work will start in November 2020. Other education customers include:
- Yateley Community School, Hampshire
- Channing School, London
- University of Wales
- Clore Shalom School, Hertfordshire
Architects and Contractors rely on us because they know we are well established and professional and our durable furniture is manufactured in Britain with craftsmanship and professionalism. We also install our own furniture into a facility, so there is no need to ensure a contractor has installation instructions.
School rebuilding programme
Update July 2020: We welcome the recent pledge by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to provide a £1bn schools rebuilding programme over a 10-year investment plan for upgrades and refurbishments. This is the first major schools rebuilding programme since 2014 and will make sure our schools and colleges are fit for the future. It is part of the prime minister’s plan to provide a world-class education for children and to help the economy bounce back from this year’s coronavirus crisis.
Wood Farm & Slade Nursery education furniture – where to find out more
Are you specifying fitted furniture for an education or healthcare facility? See short videos of our furniture being made and read testimonials from other architects, contractors and healthcare customers about working with us.
You can see our range of education furniture here.