Fit-out specialist completes £1.6m contract at Bearsden school

DEANESTOR has delivered a £1.6 million furniture and fit-out contract at the £40.9 million Boclair Academy in Bearsden.

Opened in August, the school was built by McLaughlin & Harvey with Dunfermline-based Deanestor fitting out 228 rooms across the campus.

The firm also provided a range of ‘contemporary’ fitted and loose furniture, soft furnishings, teaching aids, lockers, and equipment for sports, crafts, design, and technology, as well as science laboratories, and food technology.

Its team manufactured bespoke items of furniture, including the solid oak reception desk, storage cabinets, booth seating, benching, lockers, and teaching aids. Specially designed tiered seating in a beech finish was also provided, which doubles up as informal break-out spaces to encourage social interaction.

Nearly 3,000 items of loose furniture were supplied in total as part of Deanestor’s FF&E contract, such as tables and chairs, dining tables, modular soft seating, mobile storage, and over 300 sofas.

The firm said the interior design strategy reflects the school’s corporate identity and uses two shades of blue to help unify different spaces across the campus. Natural colours and tones feature extensively to complement the surrounding landscape and there are views into the hillside. Royal blue and a lighter blue were used for soft furnishings and the fitted furniture was manufactured in a light summer oak finish.

Neil Kemp, senior project manager at McLaughlin & Harvey, said, “Despite the challenges of Brexit and the covid pandemic, the project and the fit-out went very well and we were able to hand the new campus over early. The quality of the furniture manufactured by Deanestor met our expectations and requirements. The finished school looks fantastic, particularly the open plan spaces, and staff and students at the Academy are absolutely delighted with their new facility.”

Charles Riach, architect at Ryder Architecture, added, “The finished school is outstanding. The design both internally and externally references the quality, textures and colours of the surrounding architecture and landscape. Deanestor has once again delivered the brief and the design for the furniture and fitout, and their team worked well with us at each stage.”

Gillian Renwick, East Dunbartonshire provost, said, “There is a great feeling of warmth and community within Boclair Academy. Since the doors opened, pupils, teachers and staff have really made this new building their own.”