23 Jan Science Laboratory Furniture – Designing for the Genuinely Innovative Tonbridge School Science Facility
We recently reviewed the performance of the school’s science laboratory furniture at the finished Barton Science Centre, with the bursar, Anthony Moore.
On revisiting the school, we could not help but be impressed by the stunning facilities. The building itself, which features a science atrium with space to host events and hold science lectures, is magnificent. There are also many inspirational details to encourage students to engage in science.
On the biology floor of the Barton Science Centre there is an observation bee hive equipped with double glazed units so the students can observe the day to day activities of the bees without disrupting them. Other showpiece items include an interactive periodic table, a giant TV wall and the Barton’s Chair sculpture.
Tonbridge School Science Laboratory Furniture
The science labs are all quite individual in design. The neutral furniture compliments the original historic building with highlights of bright colours to add interest. The emphasis is on clean lines and the laboratory furniture integrates perfectly with the contemporary architecture of the new science block.
Science Laboratory Curved Island Benches
Curved island benches were designed to encourage the students to work collaboratively. Our design team developed bespoke science laboratory furniture with a cantilever framework to support the Velstone worktops. This design, without visible leg frames, creates a clean look and gives the illusion that the worktops are floating.
Practical Science Laboratory
This practical lab features large island benches which allow students to work in groups. The bespoke 360 degree fume cupboard gives more space for observation and offers increased visibility from all sides.
Anthony Moore’s feedback following the visit:-
“Tonbridge School has undergone a major transformation of our science department, resulting in the state of the art Barton Science Centre. From initial concept to completion, Klick explored all possibilities for the furniture design suitable for these unrivalled facilities. They worked closely with members of each science department, the architect and the main contractor until the designs were refined, ultimately delivering a unique solution with aesthetic and functional furniture that blends with the architecture. The school are delighted with the practicality of the teacher walls, the flexibility of the teaching lecterns and the way the design encourages collaboration and an interest in the sciences. We appreciate the attention to detail and level of finish required from Klick to deliver this impressive 2 year project.”
Anthony Moore – Bursar, Tonbridge School, Kent
The aim is for the facilities at the school to inspire innovative approaches to science and to become a hub for science education in the wider community.
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