MARLAND SCHOOL

The residential school, in the hamlet of Peters Marland, just outside Great Torrington, offers residential provision for Year 6 to Year 11 male students from across Devon. The boys who attend have either a statement of special education needs or an education, health and care plan for social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

THE ISSUE

The primary role of the school’s residential facility is to provide a safe, rewarding, and positive environment that will help develop academic and social progress, for the boys in the setting.

In order to achieve this the school needed to build an additional building to accommodate the number of students requiring residential facilities and refurbish existing residential facilities in order to create an environment which is safe and attractive for students and staff.

Claire Walkey project manager from NPS SW Ltd the architectural/multi- disciplinary practice who are completing the project on behalf of Devon County Council, not only had to meet such design principles but also had to specify products which would be high performing and meet the demands of such an environment.

THE SOLUTION

Morgan Sindall were appointed to construct the two-phase project. Phase one saw the team deliver a new building complete with 25 single student bedrooms, 2 staff bedrooms and 1 independent living flat, which is a transitional area for year 11 students, each with their own en-suite facility. The second phases involved the refurbishment of the existing residential facilities, which have been converted into 16 single bedrooms with the student lounges being relocated to the first floor of the building alongside the bedrooms.

As part of the development danfloor’s Equinox Collection, in a variety of colours, was specified for the bedrooms and lounge areas, adding a splash of colour and warmth to the rooms. Students at the school were also able to have a say in the choice of colours for their bedrooms thanks to the availability of accurate colour samples.

Claire Walkey project manager immediately saw the benefits that the range could offer “The Equinox range was chosen as it has a number of technical qualities required for this scheme. The solution dyed yarn will provide good colour fastness as frequent cleaning is required and the anti-microbial treatment will help reduce smells. The range has a soft feel for bedroom use and a contemporary colour range which does not look institutional.”

In summary Equinox was selected due to it’s innovative performance features including an impervious membrane, which stops liquid spills reaching and contaminating the subfloor and an antimicrobial yarn treatment, which aids with infection control and deactivating microorganisms that can cause the growth of fungi and bacteria, both of which are known to produce odours within carpets.

We needed to strike a balance between a flooring solution that was hard-wearing but homely, plus with up to 40 teenagers in the building at any one-time carpet with its sound absorption properties it worth is weight in gold as it helps to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere

THE OUTCOME

The school are extremely happy with the look and feeling of the new residential facilities. Lloyd Fursdon, Senior Residential Care Worker, explained “We needed to strike a balance between a flooring solution that was hard-wearing but homely, plus with up to 40 teenagers in the building at any one-time carpet with its sound absorption properties it worth is weight in gold as it helps to create a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Danfloor’s carpets also have the added benefits of easy to clean fibres and an impervious membrane which certainly helps with the inevitable drink spills and muddy football boots! Furthermore, the choice of colours has enabled us to keep the communal areas homely and cosy and provided the bedrooms with some appropriate style for the students.”

The Equinox Collection not only looks fantastic within the residential facilities but also offers the following features which are ideal for the surroundings:

  • Made from the Prism™ fibre which enhances the colour of the carpet and minimises the effects of visual soiling
  • Includes Bi-Ome® an antimicrobial yarn treatment which kills micro-organisms when they come into contact with the fibre
  • Naturally Sound absorbent – The Equinox Collection achieves a 29 Db reduction of transmitted impact noise, which helps to create an acoustically sound atmosphere where the students can relax.
  • Has an impervious backing which stops surface spills reaching the sub floor.