Rolling Program of Classroom Upgrades

Swanbourne House School is one of the most prestigious preparatory schools in Buckinghamshire set in 55 acres of rolling countryside. The school approached TaskSpace with a brief to update several of the classrooms, making each one more spacious and contemporary. Our classroom design team jumped at the chance and got straight on the case.

The TaskSpace design team put forward several designs, one for each of the 10 classrooms we were to refurbish. Although each classroom required a bespoke layout and had an individual set of requirements, the constant theme throughout was to make each one as light, airy and immaculate as possible. The school loved the designs we put forward so we got to work.

In a building as established and traditional as Swanbourne House, there are many challenges. The building has many listed features which cannot be moved or altered in any way, many of the ceilings are sloped and there are several fireplaces and other period fixtures to work around. With a non-standard installation of this kind, it would not be uncommon for the budget to spiral and the deadline to extend – not with TaskSpace. Each classroom was completed on time and on budget, much to the school team’s delight.

While scoping a classroom refurbishment project to be delivered in older, listed buildings, I had seen learning walls advertised at the Independent Schools Bursars’ Conference and on the Internet. I, therefore, looked for a suitable product that was aesthetically pleasing, robust and able to provide a high degree of design flexibility due to the differing room requirements. Following considerable research and recommendations from other schools, TaskSpace was chosen as our preferred supplier.

The refurbishment project, planned over 5 years, required a considerable degree of input and TaskSpace has been most proactive and extremely supportive in meeting our needs. Due to the impact and embracing by the teaching staff of the TaskSpace Learnstor system fitted to the first classroom, the system is now being rolled out across the School. The refurbishment of the Music Department saw TaskSpace producing a number of bespoke designs for instrument storage lockers that totally enhanced the final outcome. The overall effect of the flexible Taskspace design has been to deliver a modern and appealing outcome while at the same time providing the storage wherewithal enabling the maximum usage of the available room space. As a result classrooms are less cluttered and teaching outputs enhanced. In conclusion our journey with Taskspace is now entering its second year. Due to the goodwill and flexibility created by the Learnstor solutions with our parents, pupils and staff, its usage is again being further expanded; science labs, DT, Library, storage.

From a personal perspective, TaskSpace is a delightful company to work with and their relationship with myself and our other contractors has been exemplary.

Paul Jochimsen – Burser