SPONSORED PRODUCT: Timber solutions to education challenges

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It is well documented that pressure on schools to meet demand for places is increasing, coupled with the need for diversifying the environments in which we teach; there is a mounting pressure on schools to creatively meet these challenges while staying within the parameters of their budgets.

It is well documented that pressure on schools to meet demand for places is increasing, coupled with the need for diversifying the environments in which we teach; there is a mounting pressure on schools to creatively meet these challenges while staying within the parameters of their budgets.

The Stable Company is experiencing a sharp rise in schools seeking timber outbuildings as a method of tackling both of these issues, with exciting results.

Timber buildings deliver aesthetically pleasing, practical solutions by acting as flexible spaces for teaching, outdoor/indoor pursuits such as soft play, gardening clubs, physical education spaces or multi-purpose rooms.

A new style of ‘open use’ room is a firm favourite with features such as connecting doors, bi-fold doors to open out an entire side of the space or use of canvas awnings to allow for indoor/outdoor use whatever the weather.

This increasingly popular way to expand a school’s offering is also budget friendly (simpler and more cost effective than a traditional extension) and can be completely bespoke.

The Complete Care approach by The Stable Company means schools can approach for a timber classroom and enjoy a complete design, build and interior fit out service compete with all the little touches you would expect for pupils. These include slow close and protected door hinges, specialist easy clean flooring solutions, fitted kitchen and toilet facilities and much more.

Need for more spaces in schools will continue to grow and The Stable Company is ready with a selection of designs and the ability to create from scratch a building which ideally meets the needs of the school/s in question.

The Castle Academy in Conisbrough is the latest school to take receipt of the keys to a new, timber classroom from the team and it is a huge hit with pupils!

About the project

The Castle Academy needed a new classroom, but was faced with the task of marrying something new with a Victorian school on a challenging, sloped site. The School had been examining suitable options for some time, after Ofsted reports suggested that the campus needed to address its outdoor learning provision for the longer term.

Having decided on a timber classroom situated on a suitable section of the grounds, the school put out a brief, seeking a team which could be involved with all aspects of the build from design (to help overcome the complexities of the site location) through to completion (including interior fit out). The Stable Company was selected for its ability to meet all of the project needs.

The Stable Company’s expert team worked alongside architects, the School and local authorities to ensure designs met the specifications and work started on the project in December 2013. The children were actively involved in the project with regular updates and supervised visits to see the progress on site until it’s completion in the Summer term.

About the classroom

The building was managed right through to specification and fit out of the interior which included a series of features to maximise the space and conserve energy.

The classroom features tri-fold doors which allow for indoor/outdoor teaching, which combined with adjoining doors between classrooms means the spaces can easily be adapted and re-configured to suit a variety of activities.

The building is fully IT ready, boasts a fully fitted kitchen, toilet facilities and non-slip floorings. A major aim was to position and construct the classroom in such a way that natural light could be maximised. Using light sensor technology means that the lighting will dim according to the level of natural light within the building, subsequently conserving electricity.

Headteacher Simon Martin said: “The children are absolutely thrilled with the extra space and features like the tri-fold doors mean we can use the spaces in a variety of different ways. The Stable Company has highly skilled craftsmen, all of whom worked tirelessly to achieve a great end product.”

Gareth Barber, managing director of The Stable Company, added: “The new classroom is bright, flexible and suits the needs of the school and its pupils. This is an exemplar of a project which needed ongoing tweaks and changes but thanks to great communication between all parties, these were addressed and the final space meets all the objectives.”

Further information

For more information, call 01904 430630, email enquire@thestablecompany.com or visit www.thestablecompany.com


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