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High performing Derbyshire school receives a colourful addition

High performing Derbyshire school receives a colourful addition to its campus, with the help of Dulux Trade.

Wilsthorpe Community School in Derbyshire recently added a brand new £16m building to its campus.

The new building project was a part of the Government’s ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’. The initiative was set up to assist education centres in need of repair, to get access to the resources necessary to complete renovations.

James Harrison of Kier Architects, the firm overseeing the project, says: “The overall cost of the project was £14m and it took over 18 months of construction to bring it to completion.

“When choosing the paint that we wanted to specify for the project we were very conscious that there was likely to be a lot of wear and tear in certain areas, specifically the corridors, as large numbers of pupils moved around in between lessons.

“We needed to choose a paint that we knew would stand the test of time, even in such a high traffic area as a school corridor, so we felt confident choosing Dulux Trade High Performance Diamond Eggshell. The paint’s long-wearing power and superior durability made us sure that it would be the right choice for the project.”

Jonathan Crofts, Headteacher at Wilsthorpe School, says: “When selecting the colour palette for the project, I was very keen to choose distinctive colours for each floor of the building, to assist our students in easily identifying where they were within the school.

“We had a focal colour for each floor, including the pale blue shade of Blue Lagoon, warm toned Raspberry Bellini and a bold splash of colour from Dulux shade Striking Cyan.”

“Both the students and the staff are thrilled with the end result. Not only has the new building expanded our campus and enhanced the students’ learning environment, but with the carefully selected colour palette, it really is an exciting and pleasant space to be in.”

The refurbishment of Wilsthorpe School is part of the Dulux Trade Smarter Spaces initiative. The Smarter Spaces initiative aims to help teachers and children thrive through the power of their school environment, by enabling schools to design their environments to support better teaching and learning.

Marketing Manager Contractor Specifier Paul Fleming, says, “Our team of specification experts are working with schools across the country to help them to extract greater value from their maintenance budgets. The fundamentals such as offering maximum durability and protection are obviously factored into our specifications, but we know that design can go much further, so we use our evidence based design principles to align with the schools’ specific teaching and learning objectives.
“We are championing occupant and outcome centred specification within the Education sector, which means that effectively for every £1 spent on refurbing a school from their maintenance budget, the school can be confident that they are investing this spend to positively impact school performance. For example, our Smarter Spaces Education design principles include a set of guidance and design applications that can help children to have higher levels of concentration, simply by carefully applying insights into how light and colour can how children work in a space."