As part of a £6 million refurbishment at St Catherine’s School, Twickenham which involved the construction of a new sixth form block and teaching rooms, Link 51 Lockers worked alongside the school’s architects to ensure its hard-wearing storage solutions were not just a functional after-thought.
The Independent Catholic Girls’ School has always provided personal storage facilities for its pupils who are aged 3-18 years, and traditionally they have been sited out of public view in locker and changing rooms. This time, as part of the refurbishment programme the architect’s recommended to the school positioning the lockers along the corridors and public walkways so as to make a striking design feature out of them.
To achieve the desired effect, St Catherine’s chose Solid Grade Laminate 2-door lockers finished in a contrasting three-way colour scheme comprising aqua blue, aqua marine and powder blue.
Andrew Millward, Sales Director at Link 51 Lockers, explained that the lockers formed a central part of the interior design concept, and this required providing cleverly designed bespoke units for the space.
“The design challenge came in trying to fit all the 168 required compartments into the space. To overcome this we had to manufacture a bespoke half unit for two areas so as to avoid windows and fit into alcoves,” explained Andrew. “Where the new building joined the old, we also had to deal with an exceptional slope, which required using extra long adjustable feet on the lockers. We also used support frames to overcome skirting and pipes.”
The high specification and quality of the lockers which featured Solid Grade Laminate doors – as well as the range and choice – was a crucial factor for the St Catherine’s project. Schools need robust and secure storage because of constant high use and Solid Grade Laminate doors have a very hard wearing surface that is difficult to scratch or vandalise.
As the UK’s largest manufacturer of lockers, Link 51 Lockers also offers the most comprehensive selection of sizes, finishes and door configurations. Andrew said: “This was an important factor for St Catherine’s. Given the design constraints, a standard off-the-shelf locker system was not an option.”
“The installation at St Catherine’s School is the perfect demonstration of how the correct product selection, combined with effective design, can provide customers with a tailor-made solution to storage,” added Andrew.
By using Link 51 Lockers & Cupboards, St Catherine’s School benefited from:
- UK-based in-house manufacturing capability
- Fully managed market-leading storage solutions
- Extensive project management expertise
- Substantial knowledge and experience
- High-quality product range combining strength, durability and operational reliability
“We are delighted that the refurbishment has enabled us to have such stylish lockers along the corridors, where they are much more easily accessible for the girls and not tucked away.”
“Link 51 Lockers provided us with a wealth of ideas to ensure the brief was fulfilled to our satisfaction and we are more than pleased with the outcome.”
Sister Paula Thomas, Headmistress – St Catherine’s School
For more information on any of the products specified for St Catherine’s School please call us on 08000 733 300.