Located on Queens Walk, South Ruislip in Hillingdon, Middlesex, Queensmead School is a co-educational secondary school with academy status, for 11-18 aged pupils.
As with many other schools, Queensmead had previously invested in metal door lockers to provide storage for their students. Whilst this type of locker is very popular in schools they do tend to get damaged over time. Over the years, the school’s lockers had begun to show significant wear and tear, with dents, scratches, missing doors and broken locks prevalent. This state of disrepair ultimately meant that they were no longer fit for purpose.
The school made a decision to replace the lockers and enquiries were made to find suitable alternatives, together with costings. The school’s ideal specification for new lockers included laminate doors – these doors still have the same steel carcass as metal lockers but they benefit from a solid grade laminate material which is incredibly tough and will look as good as new after ten years, with little or no maintenance. Another key requirement for the new lockers was to have the ability to box-in the lockers, so with the addition of sloping tops, nothing could be placed on top, or underneath the lockers.
The school went out to tender to three companies for the supply and installation of the lockers. Link 51 were successful in being able to meet the school’s specification, including laminate doors, hasp locks for use with padlocks, and could supply the lockers in the school’s blue colour. An order was placed.
The installation of the lockers was planned to take place over a 4-week period during the summer break. The existing metal lockers were dismantled by the school and disposed of. Thereafter Link 51 installed 1200 5-door high lockers throughout the school, all with a hasp for securing with a padlock and featuring blue laminate doors. The majority of the lockers are placed in alcoves, in banks of 50, throughout the school corridors, replacing the previous metal lockers like-for-like. The installation ensured that there were no gaps between lockers or the retaining alcove walls, as was previously the case with old lockers.
Where classrooms were big enough to accommodate them, banks of 30 lockers were installed, all with sloping tops. For the lockers that are free-standing lockers, laminate boards were used to box-in and frame the lockers. With the installation complete, students were allocated their lockers and took responsibility for providing a suitable padlock to secure them.
“The order process and installation generally was of a high standard and any issues we had were rectified, quickly. We were very clear on the type of lockers that we needed and, having selected Link 51 as a preferred supplier, they translated our vision accurately. The lockers are a great addition to the school and are entirely suitable for our requirements.” – David Patterson, School Business Manager, Queensmead School
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