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Awards for new school fitted out by Deanestor

Posted onPosted on 11th Oct

A new primary school and community hub in Scotland fitted out by Mansfield-based Deanestor, has won two major awards for design and architecture.

Newmains and St Brigid’s Community Hub in North Lanarkshire has been awarded the Architecture Grand Prix Award at the Scottish Design Awards 2023, as well as the Education Building Award.

 The £18m campus accommodates 500 pupils from Newmains and St Brigid’s Primary Schools, and a 100-place early years centre. Deanestor manufactured or procured around 4,400 items of school furniture and equipment for the project and fitted out more than 100 rooms.

 According to the judges, “It’s a fun place…. The drawings are close to what was delivered, which shows commitment from the client. It sets the standard that should be maintained for primary schools. We’ll all go home and think of that school. It’s money well spent.”

Will Tonkinson, managing director of Deanestor, said: “This is a genuinely child-centric facility which provides a fantastic platform to deliver contemporary education whilst promoting social inclusion by incorporating valuable spaces for the wider community. The awards are well deserved and a credit to everyone involved in this wonderful school campus.”

Deanestor’s contract included teaching walls for 16 classrooms; benching, worktops, mobile computer hubs and wall units for the break-out spaces, and adjustable shelving and storage cabinets across the school. This has helped to create a stimulating learning centre for primary and early years education.

Jim Ward, regional director at BAM Construction, added: “We are delighted to have led the team to deliver a new, vibrant, and exceptional educational learning place for the community. The outcome is outstanding, and the award recognition is fully merited.”

The colour palette for the fitted and loose furniture and interior was selected to reflect nature, and to create a calming and light environment. The use of natural timber throughout adds warmth to the spaces and complements the choice of colours.

Deanestor specialises in the design, technical and project management of large campus fitout projects and award-winning school architecture. It manufactures and installs robust and flexible loose and fixed furniture solutions for early years, primary, SEN, and secondary education, fitting out areas such as classrooms, science laboratories, ICT, design and technology, atria, social dining spaces, break-out areas, sports facilities, and changing rooms.