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Reaching for the stars with Demco

The interiors company is helping students with its role in a creating new, planetarium-augmented Discovery Centre

Posted by Julian Owen | August 21, 2018 | Bricks & mortar

Demco Interiors has completed the design and interior furnishings for the new build Space, Science and Study Centre at Winston Churchill School, Woking, Surrey. With its vision to 'open doors to other worlds’, the two floors of the Centre not only include a library but also a planetarium, providing a focus for the study of astronomy.

The Centre aims to offer a fully supported space to extend opportunities to students and support the development of study skills, with access to a range of resources and IT. It will also be made available to the community for hosting business and leisure events.

Demco worked closely with the school team and DHP, the building design consultants, to make sure the interior design was fully blended and integrated into the whole build.

Stuart Phillips, business manager, The Winston Churchill School and Senior Project Co-Ordinator for the Discovery Centre project, said: “It was very important that the new build should contribute to the whole school academic achievement and offer children across Woking the opportunity to be engaged in learning. We chose Demco Interiors because they listened during the early development stages and showed that they understood the brief to create a space that would inspire learning and exploration.”

Clear brief for the interior design and furnishings

Attracting and engaging students was at the heart of the project, with an aim to create a fluid space where they could move freely and seamlessly between areas, rather than through a structured, linear styled interior.

The goal was to develop a vibrant space for independent learning in which students could decide how they wanted to work, study, research or just meet up.

"Instead of just teacher-led work, this space is all about independent learning." 

Demco designs library interior with a university look and feel

In particular, Demco looked to create plenty of space for written work, which had been unavailable in the original school library.

In the new groundfloor library, large tables give students room for individual and group study, with space to move between a small quieter reading area; a bright, vibrant casual seating area; and a reading area with shelving and integrated seating.

Upstairs, all eyes focus on the planetarium, around which Demco installed white study benching with purple detailing, carefully crafted on site to fit seamlessly around the curve of the dome.

Flexibility was key, with large study tables on castors - featuring space-saving, easy storage tilt tops - easily re-configured for individual or group study, or to make room for exam times, teacher training, community events, etc.

Important for the new building to have its own personality

Although the new building follows the style of the main school, with its red brick structure, the interior design allows its own personality to shine through.

"It doesn’t only look great, but it also changes the way that students use the library space,” said Librarian, Dan Fisher. Instead of just teacher-led work, this space is all about independent learning - it may be research, or reading, or analysis.”

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