Funky, bright and imaginative

Funkier, brighter and more imaginative designs transform a Victorian primary school library.

1 December 2014

undefinedWollaston School

Wollaston Community Primary School dates from 1875, with red brick walls and pitched slate roof in an English village setting. Now it has a fabulous new funky library, the final part of the phased development to bring a new school hall and classrooms to the site.

Demco Interiors was chosen by the school to develop a design for the library. Jean Buttell, School Business Manager said: “The new library is contextually so much better – it is now at the very heart of the school and is transformed from its gloomy, unwelcoming former life to a bright, fun, motivating centre of activity. Demco’s designs just stood out from the rest.”

Steve Beasant, who led the design, added: “The challenge was to create a library that wouldn’t be lost in the vast Victorian hall with very high ceilings. So we creatively planned a space-within-a-space so that it doesn’t feel cavernous or overwhelming for young children. We also had to consider the most effective way of concealing old, existing pipework by transforming it into seating and storage spaces."

A destination den with bean bags gives children some quiet or theme time. Furnishings in bright, jelly bean colours stand out against the white, modern shelving, a style that is used in many new, award winning public libraries. Straight, double sided bays of shelving are designed around the perimeter to contain the space, so the library is bright and airy but also nurturing and welcoming. The much loved, multi-use, amphitheatre seating is one of Demco’s most popular products and a fun favourite with all children.

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