Deanestor delivers £1.6m furniture and fit-out contract at East Dunbartonshire school

11th November 2022

Dunfermline-based furniture and fit-out specialist Deanestor has delivered a £1.6 million contract for one of the highest-performing secondary schools in Scotland.

Built by McLaughlin & Harvey and designed by Ryder Architecture for East Dunbartonshire Council, the new £40.9m Boclair Academy in Bearsden has created a state-of-the-art learning environment for 1,000 pupils.

The project was Deanestor’s fourth for McLaughlin & Harvey and it follows earlier fit-out projects at Hopefield Primary School in Midlothian and two primary schools for Scottish Borders Council.

Neil Kemp, senior project manager at McLaughlin & Harvey, said: “Despite the challenges of Brexit and the covid pandemic, the project and the fit out went very well and we were able to hand the new campus over early. The quality of the furniture manufactured by Deanestor met our expectations and requirements. The finished school looks fantastic, particularly the open plan spaces, and staff and students at the Academy are absolutely delighted with their new facility.”

Charles Riach, architect at Ryder Architecture, said: “The finished school is outstanding. The design both internally and externally references the quality, textures and colours of the surrounding architecture and landscape. Deanestor has once again delivered the brief and the design for the furniture and fitout, and their team worked well with us at each stage.”

Gillian Renwick, East Dunbartonshire Provost, added: “There is a great feeling of warmth and community within Boclair Academy. Since the doors opened, pupils, teachers and staff have really made this new building their own.”

The school environment has been designed to encourage collaboration and to foster a cross-curricular approach in which key subject areas work closely together. There is also a mix of interdisciplinary, thematic, and subject-focused learning supported by flexible educational spaces.

Deanestor provided a wide range of contemporary fitted and loose furniture, soft furnishings, teaching aids, lockers, and equipment for sports, crafts, design and technology, science laboratories, and food technology – from mirrors and ballet barres to a kiln and laboratory fume cupboards.

Its team manufactured bespoke items of furniture, including the solid oak reception desk, storage cabinets, booth seating, benching, lockers, and teaching aids. Specially designed tiered seating in a beech finish was provided by Deanestor which doubles up as informal break-out spaces to encourage social interaction.

Nearly 3,000 items of loose furniture were also supplied as part of Deanestor’s FF&E contract, such as tables and chairs, dining tables, modular soft seating, mobile storage, and over 300 sofas.

The interior design strategy reflects the school’s corporate identity and uses two shades of blue to help unify different spaces across the campus. Natural colours and tones feature extensively to complement the surrounding landscape and there are views into the hillside. Royal blue and a lighter blue were used for soft furnishings and the fitted furniture was manufactured in a light summer oak finish.

The new academy has a double-height entrance atrium, flexible learning zones, performance spaces and social dining, as well as improved outdoor sports facilities.

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