ÔÇÿThe SitharaÔÇÖ is a star school library
Lidget Green Primary School and ChildrenÔÇÖs Centre, in Bradford, has revitalized an area of the school that was previously unused and created a light, airy and motivating library for staff and students. The new library is named ÔÇÿSitharaÔÇÖ, the Hindi word for ÔÇÿStarÔÇÖ.
Demco Interiors worked over a period of weeks with the school team to design and furnish the space with both teams bringing innovative ideas to the table.
Mike Pope, headteacher said: ÔÇ£After seeing a Demco project in another school I was so impressed that I contacted them immediately. Jacquie Smith, one of DemcoÔÇÖs project consultants, visited the school and discussed with us the vision for the library, which she soon turned into a final plan which we were delighted with. It contained a full colour scheme, flooring plan and a stunning design for the library shelving. The fitters were of the highest calibre and the finished product is really exceptional. Headteacher colleagues and visitors have been amazed at the cost of the project and expected it to have cost considerably more.ÔÇØ
DemcoÔÇÖs brief was to design and develop the space into a library/resource area for Upper Key Stage 2. It had to be both practical and enjoyable for children as well as ÔÇ£bringing that extra something that will WOW prospective pupils and their families.ÔÇØ
The new space mixes and matches bespoke and off the shelf products. The bespoke curved shelving is designed to create subtle zones and is complimented with island units, on castors, similar to the adult version express units often seen and used in public libraries. A green screen for recording is situated at one end, overlooked by amphitheatre effect soft seating where students can sit for reading time or even to watch some filming. Where possible furnishings are designed to ÔÇÿdouble upÔÇÖ with IT desking designed along the back of shelving and seating areas.
The space itself is semi underground so DemcoÔÇÖs design team selected colours that brought a real vibrant look and feel to the space. While downlighters hit the spot to give the space a contemporary almost retail feel.
Additional features include banquette seating with concealed storage, and huddles of table and chairs for group and intervention work.
Jacqui Smith, said: ÔÇ£Flexibility and flow are two key features of this library ÔÇô we designed the shelving so that it leads you through the space but also created subtle zoning with coloured carpet insets. It almost feels like stepping stones through the library! Signposting is incorporated into the shelving with large end of bay graphics and we even managed to source a world map that compliments the library colour scheme.ÔÇØ
This library proves itself to be more than a ÔÇÿstarÔÇÖ in name only.
26 May 2014
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