Design firm goes ‘back to school’ with latest building transformation

12th Oct

The sixth-form common room at Hymers College, plus the headmaster’s office and reception area with accompanying offices, were in need of a significant refresh, so the college enlisted Chameleon Business Interiors to provide full design, fit-out, refurbishment and furniture services.
Fiona Thornham, interior designer at Chameleon, said: “The spaces just weren’t appealing, they were looking a little tired and needed a new lease of life – so that’s exactly what they’ve been given.
“We’ve worked hard to create a bright, modern feel, celebrating the heritage and character of the Grade II listed building while also bringing in comfortable, practical and aesthetically pleasing elements that ‘lift’ the spaces.
“The sixth-form space has seen the biggest transformation and looks absolutely fantastic. There’s now a contemporary kitchen area with vibrant tiles and a high bench area – perfect for students to gather at lunch or break times.
“We’ve broken up the space with a variety of workspaces and collaboration areas, as well as a selection of different industrial-inspired lighting designs, flooring and partitions. This has added real dimension to the space and makes it feel really young and modern.
“We incorporated screening to breakdown the space but also maintain visibility. Additional power points were added to provide the extra space needed to charge students’ all-important devices – such as mobile phones, iPads and laptops.”
“We started the project in July, so were careful to negotiate all that lockdown threw our way. But we always design for people first, keeping ‘proxemics’ in mind at every step of the process. So all of our decisions are made to create timeless spaces that ‘work’ whenever they’re developed – whether that’s pre, mid or post-pandemic.
“We’re incredibly pleased with the outcome. Students will be wanting to stay at school for longer!”
Justin Stanley, headmaster of Hymers, said: “The students were blown away when they first saw the new common room. It’s been completely transformed and we’re delighted with the new look.
“My new office and the revitalised reception area now feel refreshed and fit for purpose, as we reopen for a new academic year.”

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