Sevenoaks School Case Study

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ST supplies quality bespoke fixed-furniture for new state-of-the-art sixth form science facility

Sevenoaks School is a highly selective coeducational independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent. It's the second oldest non-denominational school in the UK, dating back to 1432. Over 1,000 day pupils and boarders attend, with an age-range from 11 to 18 years.

The vision is to lead in STEM and IB education with a new Science and Technology Center and Sixth Form Global Study Center. The objectives were to provide equality of education through bursaries, to remain innovative in teaching and thought processes with the launch of three Institutes - and to secure the future of Sevenoaks School through an endowment.

The result is a state of the art Science and Technology Center, built on a magnificent site overlooking Knole Park. The laboratories are arranged on three floors around a top-lit atrium, lined with display vitrines. The building is conceived as a science workshop - a place for experimentation and discovery.

The Sixth Form Center provides sophisticated social, study and educational space for the school’s 400 sixth form students, linked to an extensive multi-purpose space for exams and events of all kinds.

The £30M project was completed summer 2018.

A unique 270° aluminum hinge

The selection process via the architect was a parade of sample cupboards from a number of leading suppliers of fixed furniture for education. ST was the only manufacture to provide a high-quality aluminum hinge that could open a full 270 degrees - alleviating the possibility of damage often caused by doors forced open beyond their range of movement.

High quality laminate edges

ST was also the only manufacturer to offer doors with laminate on both sides and architect very much liked the plywood detail on all the edges. This created a warmer, less clinical look typically found in medical facilities. The same wood/plywood was also used in many other places in the building i.e. the floors, railings and steps on the staircase.

Bespoke Corian worktop surfaces

An unusual feature is that the client requested all the science lab worktops were made from bespoke Corian and not HPL.

Lupo Stool seating by VS

All science seating are LuPo Stools, supplied by VS.