Brighton College

Location: Brighton, East Sussex

The Brief

Brighton College is a prestigious independent, coeducational school in Brighton, East Sussex. The School required premium, practical designs and fitted furniture for 18 university standard science laboratories, prep rooms and kitchenette as well as other storage facilities for their School of Science and Sport – a new build project facilitating collaboration between subjects. Pinnacle worked with McLaren Construction and architectural firm OMA to deliver a bespoke, high-spec project constructed to BREAAM excellent standard.

The building focuses on enhancing the feeling of cohesion between subjects and accessibility of the spaces. This can be seen through the open staircase offering views to the laboratories due to the glass partitioning between the various rooms.


What we did

In the science laboratories, we installed bespoke black 20mm SGL worktops, black fume cupboards, ceramic sinks and student and teacher islands. All furniture was FSC® certified to meet the project’s sustainability criteria. Each laboratory was fitted with the appropriate safety equipment like the WaterSaver taps, gas taps and eyewash hoses.  The overall design has a contemporary feel with views to the historic buildings surrounding the College. To compliment the natural light, inside each laboratory we installed LED lighting in the StorageWall niches and artificial lighting in all ceilings to create a modern and university style aesthetic to the building.

In relation to the sports facilities, we installed semi-transparent illuminated swimming pool lockers to brighten darker areas of the building. We also integrated appliances in the prep rooms and kitchenette for staff use. Overall, we worked towards achieving the best possible balance of the architect’s vision and practicality of the School.

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