Contemporary Laboratories designed to maximise learning

Striking, inspirational, stimulating – from design to completion in just 12 weeks – the laboratories at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Birmingham are already having a massive impact on the learning environment within the school.

The Brief

As part of a huge investment in the science facilities, Shireland’s was looking to transform it’s existing laboratories into functional, contemporary spaces designed to maximise learning.

"The combination of cutting-edge innovation and traditional quality is most refreshing. an outstanding school we like to use outstanding providers and Innova are clearly one of these."

Sir Mark Grundy, Executive Principal

The Solution

Innova Design Group provided Shireland’s with a full turnkey solution – from design and manufacture to installation including M&E, flooring, suspended ceilings, LED lighting and air conditioning – leaving the school with impressive facilities to match their outstanding ethos.

A mono-chrome scheme was created to give the new labs a timeless feel, future proofing the learning environment.

Velstone solid surface worktops were fitted for ease of maintenance as scratches, stains and chemicals can easily be removed.

A Hot Corners design with integrated storage created a flexible working space ideal for both practical and theory lessons. The teachers’ bench provided a perfect demonstrations platform, easily visible throughout the room whilst the teacher’s wall featured multiple storage options and housed the interactive whiteboard.

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Can a new classroom really make a difference to teaching and learning?

That’s the question we’ve been asking as we revisit the schools we’ve previously worked with.

Take a look to find out how the refurbishment of a science laboratory at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick, West Midlands has transformed attitudes for students and staff alike.

Ultimately the design assured short lines of communication, making the room easy to manage. Pop up data sockets formed part of Innova’s many space saving solutions, ensuring students had sufficient space for theory work as well as practical.


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