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Creating a Contemporary Space



An old laboratory at Langley School in Olton, Solihull is the space transformed into a vocational classroom in this week's episode.

Staff have been avoiding using the room like the plague as it's so unpopular with students. Project manager John Cregg worked with Ray, the school premises manager, to recycle laboratory furniture to build a stylish informal bar area sheathed in stainless steel for students to use for informal discussions.

With a design developed by Sjolander da Cruz Architects in Birmingham, the room is reorientated and a seminar zone with modern furniture is installed to achieve a stylish contemprary space for Year 10 and 11 students.

This programme also features the Design Council's conferences on innovation in school learning environment and showcases once of their Schools Renaissance case studies at Great Sankey School in Warrington. A designer worked with the school to develop innovative ideas for a brand new staffroom.

Published : Jun 2005

30 mins


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