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Designing your perfect learning environment

Across the country schools are starting to unlock the potential of their environments - not just in terms of visual appeal, but also to enhance teaching and learning.

But with budgets tighter than ever, few schools can afford large-scale projects. Instead they’re having to work with what they already have. This presents many challenges - and it’s why we’re here to help.

Whether you have a particular project in mind or simply want to explore possibilities, our team of school designers is on hand to support you all the way - from the first concept to the final touch.

Design team

We have experience of all projects - big and small. Whether you’re redesigning the layout of one classroom or require a 3-year plan for a full-school redevelopment, we’re here to help.

Nor do we just consider paint; we’re experts on every element of school design, including lighting and furniture. Our trained designers will be on site from the start to understand your specific needs - and to ensure that deadlines and budgets are met.

Engaging teachers and learners are vital to us, helping supply the information we need for a complete brief. From there, we’ll get to work on a full 3D model, which will help you experiment with different design options. Next we’ll present your full designs in person. We won’t only show how your school will look, but crucially explain our rationale and how we expect the design to enhance teaching and learning.

To help you deliver the project, we can help you source the best products and any additional services you need.

Get in touch by phone, online or on social media - we want to hear all about your project and how we can help. From there, we’ll book a visit to your school to discuss the project in detail and how our expertise can help you achieve your aims.

Case study

St Ives Secondary School, Cornwall

The brief

St Ives were the winner of our 2015 competition. In their entry they told us why they chose the space they did:

‘Mr Fox’s Art Room needs a makeover because the way it is laid out means that there is simply not enough room. This is because a lot of space is taken up by inefficient storage. The art room is in desperate need of a makeover - it would drastically improve the working environment for a large amount of the school population.’

Our design

We have designed the space to be a fun and vibrant area with pops of colour along with practical space solutions and flexible layouts. The tables are all manoeuvrable and able to be modified to suit different combinations. We have also utilised the built in storage with a new fresh look. The floor is light and airy whilst the dotted wall covering adds a fun vibe to make the most of enjoying being in the classroom.

Finally the wall to the sink area has been designed with new urban style storage along with a paper roll to protect the desks and can be used for crafts. Finished with a funky paint dispenser system inspired by paint cans with metal taps, this will allow for clean dispensing of paint in an organised way.

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How our services can support your project

Advice on planning your project. The biggest range of paints and tools. Project management for jobs big and small. At Smarter Spaces, we offer a full range of products and services to meet your school's every need.