Kemball Special School supports pupils with profound, multiple learning difficulties in Stoke on Trent. The new build school has capacity for 140 pupils aged 3-19 years and includes 22 classrooms with adjoining hygiene suites, a post 16 training flat, multiple sensory areas, a multi purpose hall, PMLD gym and hydrotherapy pool.
Contract scope: LiDR supplied the full FF&E contract for the new build school, beginning with liaising with the main contractor, architects, M&E contractor and end clients through the RDD stage. The scope of the supply was broad, including fitted kitchenettes and laboratory areas, the reception desk, specialist bespoke items to accommodate sensory education and loose furniture throughout the building.
The project included a food technology room, a science classroom and an art room. LiDR completed the manufacture and installation of all fitted furniture throughout, including hardwearing solid grade laminate worktops, and also sourced all appliances, sinks and taps. Specialist furniture such as height adjustable work surfaces and cooking areas were incorporated.
Each classroom in the school featured a kitchenette area with a sink unit, fridge, lockable base cabinets and wall cupboards. LiDR designed the kitchenette system to fit into the alcoves provided and to accommodate the necessary M&E fixtures and fittings.
As well as the classroom kitchenettes, LiDR manufactured and installed units in the staff kitchen, laundry rooms, 16+ training flat and the parents dining room.
In the Early Years classrooms a low level sink was incorporated, as well as an adult height sink.
Specialist and bespoke furniture:
Staff at the school were eager to find a way to incorporate opportunities for sensory development and stimulation without having dedicated items of furniture that couldn’t be used for any other purpose. With their input, we developed some activity tables for classrooms and laboratory rooms which could be used as normal height adjustable tables, but lids could also be removed to reveal bowls beneath, which could be filled with activity objects.
In order to make serving food and drinks to children at meal times easier, LiDR designed mobile serving units in consultation with the school staff. There are ample trays to store each child’s lunch items at a table, and the rail on the top means drinks can be transported without spilling or falling onto the floor.
Specialist and bespoke furniture:
The LRC was designed to be a feature area and focal point, with the bright colours visible from the main reception and foyer area through a large curved glass wall.
To complement the vision, LiDR designed, manufactured and installed a custom built scheme including perimeter units, island display units, mobile book storage, big book storage, ICT desks and soft seating, all in keeping with the colours in the original scheme, with paints matched to specific pantone references.
Book storage units were customised to match the colour scheme.
LiDR developed multi purpose cloakroom units to utilise the space available.
As well as coat, shoe and bag storage, the units provide a place for children to sit if they need to. Different tray colours were used for each zone to co-ordinate with the building colour scheme.
Motorised desks were installed in every classroom, meaning that the monitors can be lowered down into the desks and the area used as a desk when the computers aren’t in use.
If you would like any more details about the scope of our contract at Kemball School, or if you would like to discuss a similar project or arrange to visit our showroom, please contact Eleanor Owen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01782 413600.
LiDR Contract Furniture
Stoke on Trent