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How to Encourage Creativity in your School

We all know how important creativity is for your brain. Even the most logical of minds need an element of imagination to develop their ideas and strategies.   

Creativity is especially important for children as it aids in their development, increasing their motor neurone skills, their social interaction skills and even their problem-solving skills [1].  

Creativity is also very important for adolescents and research shows that mental health and creativity for teenagers go hand in hand, it helps teens find their identity and establish their own beliefs and path in the world, resulting in less anxiety and more happiness [2]. 

Many ways to create learning environments that facilitate creativity don’t have to be drastic changes and won’t affect the curriculum.  

Create different zones  

The easiest way to encourage creativity is to create different zones within a space, whether that be within one or several of the rooms that are for each year group.  

For Primary and Nursery schools it is easiest to create a space that can be effortlessly reconfigured such as opting for tables and chairs with wheels that can be moved from one area to another. For smaller spaces, tables that tilt would be useful as they can be pushed up against walls to create space for group activities and performances. Larger rooms are slightly easier as they may not need reconfiguration as long as there are designated zones for specific activities, such as a reading zone, an art zone and a play zone, alongside the learning section.  

 

 

Spaces for Secondary years and Sixth Form’s should be designed to be multi-use areas with different rooms for various activities such as an eating area/café and lounge space, study sections alongside the library, and a common room for a bit of both studying and socialising 

Talk the Talk

Students being able to discuss subjects with their peers assists in developing ideas from several different perspectives, especially when it comes to problem solving.  

Every child or young adult will approach problems from different perspectives, by opening a line of communication between them it shows students how one problem can be handled in a multitude of different ways. This helps train their minds to tackle obstacles from different angles and is a skill that will aid them for the rest of their lives. 

The layout of the space can encourage students to discuss more openly within a lesson, tables placed for groups of 4 or more or placing all the tables in the room to create a ‘U-shape’ where students face each other, allows for high levels of collaboration. Layouts that place students in a line facing the front are not as good for talking between one another.  

Colourful Spaces  

Colours play a very important role in learning and can even trick our brains into feeling a certain way. The last thing you want in your school is teaching rooms that are drab and colourless as these create very uninspiring learning environments. 

Warm colours are fantastic in creating happy, inspiring environments to encourage innovation and the colour yellow encourages creativity the most. Orange is a close runner up and lifts the mood of learners, which promotes comfort and improves neural functioning.  

Although cooler colours might not aid creativity as much, they can be brilliant in creating more relaxed atmospheres, blue has been shown to increase productivity and green also creates a calming atmosphere and is commonly used for rooms where students with learning difficulties are taught.  

Of course, all colours should be used in moderation and not have too much of one shade in the space or risk students feeling overstimulated (too much orange) or feeling detached (too much dark blue). [3]. 

Allow time each day or week for independent projects  

Setting some time aside for the children to develop and create independent projects will give them the opportunity to grow their inventive side. The project could be anything they wish (within reason) such as an art project or even solving a maths problem they have been stuck on. These sessions can prove to be invaluable in developing creativity as it allows them to have freedom to take risks with new ideas and express themselves in a safe environment free from judgement [4].  

If you feel that the students are too young for independent projects, opting for projects in smaller groups will also work, as long as what they do gives them freedom to express themselves and their ideas.  

Creativity is a fantastic way to develop life skills across all ages, even us adults could use a boost of it every now and again! Here are some of our projects that have used these elements in their design to create fantastic learning spaces. 

If you are struggling to find inspiration for your space, check out our ‘Inspiration’ page for ideas. 

 

 

Pinnacle to attend Education Estates Exhibition

We are excited to announce that Pinnacle Furniture will be exhibiting at the upcoming Education Estates Exhibition on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday the 13th of October at Stand B7, Manchester Central. 

You can use our 10% off discount code EEExhib41 when you register for the event here.

Education Estates 2021

At the event, Pinnacle will showcase our recent FFE consultancy projects  as well as our Sustainability Commitment Plan to future proof for generations to come. With a focus on sustainability and social values right through our company we are transforming our business to provide FFE solutions that are Carbon Zero and support the aspirations of modern building design. 

We embed and promote the social and environmental values that are so important to us through every aspect of our business its practices, processes and products and believe that our sustainability journey starts here.

Please come and see us at the event and find out about our sustainability commitment.

Education Estates plan

For more information or to book a meeting time with our team, please contact fraser.t@pinnacle-furniture.co.uk

Welcome Ian Cowell to the team!

We are delighted to welcome Ian Cowell to our organisation as our Pinnacle Furniture Creative Director. 

Ian is an experienced Creative Designer and Director with over 30 years educational design experience. He is an ambassador for good design and has developed a strong understanding of how design and quality impacts educational environments.  

His passion for design and extensive experience helps to build strong relationships with clients, ensuring that their requirements are interpreted into a strong design brief that meets their needs while going above and beyond their expectations.  

Experience of leading the strategic planning and interior design as well as technical aspects of projects’ delivery. Ian puts a strong emphasis on quality and value, as well as liaison with clients and contractors. 

He approaches the design from the perspective of an educationalist not just an interior designer taking a wider, strategic approach to the brief. He is driven to design learning spaces that reflect and encourage teaching pedagogies.  

This expertise will complement our strong team of FFE designers at Pinnacle Furniture which are all more than capable technically, aesthetically and commercially to deliver educational design projects. 

Focused on our future, Ian was Sustainability Champion for Tetris UK and played a wider part in the JLL “Building For Tomorrow” campaign. He has expertise in sustainable alternatives for furniture and materials that can create learning environments that not only deliver aesthetically but also functionally. Ian currently sits on Eightspace’s sustainability sub-committee. 

Ian Cowell

We are excited to have him on board, leading our creative team for Pinnacle Furniture. 

The Design Team Series: BIM Level 2 Certificate

The Pinnacle Design Team are working hard to improve our design capabilities and efficiencies for construction projects. In this blog, we explain what BIM Level 2 means and identify the reasons why the qualification is important for projects.  

Victoria, Head of Design, is responsible for supervising the setup of BIM, the progress and procedures of design and the advancement in 3D modelling. With the design team growing, Pinnacle continue to make significant investments to progress and develop our BIM capability through training, software and hardware. Our designs are delivered using Revit software to comply with BIM Level 2 in which 3D model information is shared with a common data environment (CDE). 

BIM Levels 1, 2 and 3 are the accepted definitions of what criteria are required to be BIM-compliant. This has evolved the construction industry from the drawing board to the digital age. In the future, the construction industry will eventually adapt to full collaborative working.  

BIM Level 2 is distinguished by collaborative working, and requires an information exchange process that is unique to the project and is coordinated between different systems and teams, e.g., architects, FFE designers etc. The CAD software must be capable of exporting to a common file format like IFC. Our commitment to UK government projects means that our designers are trained to BIM level 2.  

BIM Level 2 certification is important because it is considered to reduce inefficiencies and mistakes in the supply chain, demonstrates compliance with the relevant standards, and is shown to reduce waste. 

BIM capabilities

Our BIM team have successfully passed their BIM Level 2 training.    

So far, FFE Designer Alex and BIM Coordinator Luis have achieved their BIM Level 2 training. This means they are both able to develop building information in a collaborative 3D environment with data in separate discipline models. The rest of the team are working towards achieving their BIM essentials training alongside their weekly deadlines.  

This is a positive start to this year’s objectives, and we are looking forward to seeing the Design team progress!  

Fitted Furniture Range for DfE Framework

The DfE furniture framework, launched in November 2020, helps schools, academy trusts and construction companies to achieve a fast route to market that is OJEU compliant, cost effective and with products that have been selected and endorsed by the DfE. 

Pinnacle are the top-ranked supplier for Lot 2 – Fitted Furniture and here are a few reasons why:  

  • All fitted furniture products are manufactured in the UK. 
  • All products, excluding lockers, are 100% recyclable. 
  • All products have a minimum of 10 years warranty. 

Our product warranties and specifications are fit for purpose and our social and environmental practices and processes are in line with DfE sustainability objectives.  

Here are some of the products included in the Lot 2 – Fitted Furniture product range:  

Underbench Cupboard (1 door and 2 door)  

The Capacity Storage range by Pinnacle Furniture is a specifically designed storage system for education, it has several uniquely designed features to ensure maximum lifespan and practicality. All our units are FIRA tested to BSEN16121:2013 Level 2 Extreme Contract Use, FSC certified and have 270° hinges with additional strengthening hinge plates. The carcass colour is light grey as standard and all units have a removable 18mm back to enable access to services.  

These products are suited in a variety of environments, particularly science laboratories and technology spaces, because they provide an efficient amount of storage and come in different variations like standard cupboards, tray units and paper units.  

Science Service Pedestals 

Our science service pedestals allow for flexible room layouts while providing services to multiple students at one time.  The pedestals can be chosen with all worktop types and can incorporate power, data, gas taps and sinks. The carcasses and panels are manufactured from FSC board and are 100% recyclable. 

 

  

Paper Storage Units 

We have under bench tray units suitable for use with Gratnell trays. Available in wide range of colours, they are suitable for books and A4 paper accommodating 12, 18 or 24 trays. The units are 100% recyclable and made from FSC board. [regents park?] 

Our paper units are perfect for use in art rooms as they can hold larger paper sizes and come with 8 horizontal sections.
 

More information on the DfE Furniture Framework can be found HERE

A Big Welcome to Jason Plant!

Pinnacle are pleased to welcome another new starter, Jason Plant.

Lets find out more about him…

Originally from the Midlands, Jason recently joined our Design and Pre-Contracts department as an Estimator, working with the design team and various others to price up our projects. Jason has 5 years previous experience working as an estimator, pricing construct for bedrooms and bathrooms as well as some high-end projects too.   

Outside of work, Jason loves spending time with his family and is a true family man, he does not have much time to himself with 2 young sons in the house but, when he gets the chance, you can find him chilling out in the pub having a well-deserved drink (when they are open of course!). 

Aside from this, he enjoys taking his family away to various camping locations in the UK with their Chug (Chihuahua X Pug), Willow.  

We hope that Jason will not find the role too in-tents and will continue to pitch amazing work, welcome to the team! 

 

 

Increasing Efficiency and Accuracy Through BIM

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a prerequisite for the Construction industry. It is a process to create and manage all the elements of the construction project collaboratively, supported by technology. BIM integrates drawings with each stakeholder of a project, including architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, structural engineers and contractors.   

At Pinnacle, we constantly strive to improve our efficiency and accuracy throughout the design process. We continue to make significant investments to progress and develop our BIM capability through training, software and hardware.    

The data attached to the 3D BIM model can help drive our estimating, manufacturing and forecasting.   

Pinnacle have embarked on a project to move our BIM library to the next level by integrating it fully with our mERP system, this creates a 2-way SQL link that is a pioneering innovation for the industry.  

The benefits we obtain from building a link between the BIM library and our mERP system is that we can upload all product codes and quantities from a BIM model into our mERP system, this has huge time and accuracy implications for scheduling, quoting, procurement and manufacturing.  

The advantages of this include:  

  • Quick project costings   
  • Reduces potential for human error   
  • Accurate budgeting throughout the project  
  • Faster procurement and start on site times

As the link is a 2-way link we are able to manage our BIM library and populate products with live information from our mERP product database, this ensures: 

  • Product information in Revit is live and accurate 
  • Product updates including dimensions, colours, etc..  don’t need human input 
  • O&M information and COBI data automatically synced  
  • The BIM library data doesn’t diverge from the mERP product database

Once the above development has been fully implemented and live the next step is geolocation tags within the BIM model, this is where locations are tagged on the CAD model to allow revision tracking. This will ensure even more accurate costing of projects throughout the process.  

This is a pioneering investment that reduces the risk of disparities and human error while providing accurate real life product information and costing so meaning our clients will receive an improved customer experience.   

 

For more information contact sales@pinnacle-furniture.co.uk.

 

 

Tips For Designing A Sports Hall: Establishing The Correct Size

Sports halls are an important space in any school environment because they are a multi-use space where students of all ages can enjoy various games and activities. Dance studios, gymnasiums and fitness suites are also popular in school design, but sports halls are one of the most versatile spaces of all and require expert knowledge and design expertise to make sure they are fit for purpose.   

At Pinnacle, we can take total design responsibility for specialist FFE packages, such as Sports Equipment. We simplify co-ordination and project management by having a single design contact for the entire FFE package, ensuring a more cohesive approach to M+E and IT integration.  

In these series of blogs, we identify the key considerations to make when designing a sports hall, such as establishing the correct size for the space, key design considerations, and selecting the right equipment.

Establishing the Correct Size for Your Sports Hall 

One of the first considerations when designing a Sports Hall is to make sure it’s the right size.  This may sound obvious, but with a number of different considerations it can be easy to overlook certain requirements and end up with a hall that is either too small, and therefore unsuitable for the activities that need to take place in it; or too big, with a lot of wasted space. 

Below are some key considerations to make when establishing the correct size for your sports hall:

Activities  

It is important to understand from an early stage the sports and activities that will take place in the hall.  Each sport or activity will have specific spatial requirements, which in turn will inform the overall space that needs to be allowed in the hall.

How it will be used 

Another key consideration is how the hall will be used.  For example, if the hall is to be sub-divided into different spaces then allowance will need to be made for a suitable means of doing so.  This may be in the form of Division Nets, Rebound Screens or Acoustic Partitions, all of which have their own spatial requirements.   

Access to each part of the hall should be considered.  If the hall is to be sub-divided, then additional access points or circulation space may be required to prevent disruption to classes or activities taking part in other parts of the hall.

Levels of Play 

The size and layout of a Sports Hall should relate to the level of play for each activity that is going to take place in it. Whilst this will largely be driven by the primary use of the hall, it is important to consider all sporting activities that may take place. 

For example, it is quite common for Sports Halls to be hired out in the evenings for clubs or community use.  Early engagement with these user groups will help to establish the level of play that they require so that this can be factored into the designensuring that hiring the sports hall is an attractive option for local clubs and the community. The level of play will typically dictate the amount of run-off space required around (or between courts), whilst there may also need to be an allowance for team benches or an area for officials. 

The levels of play required within a Sports Hall can be broken down as follows:

International:

This category relates to the lowest level of international play. 

Premier:

This category relates to a Premier / National League Club competing in regional or inter county competitions. 

Club:

This category relates to a local club competing in District and County League competitions. 

Community:

This category relates to school and community use where there is no formal competitive structure / no specific need for space for officials or spectator accommodation. 

Note: Individual Sport Governing Bodies may use other terms for level of competition (e.g. Top Divisions, Local Leagues, Lower Divisions).  Sports Governing Bodies also have their own specifications and classification system for sport facilities (e.g. FIBA Level 1 or Level 2 facility).  

Other Uses 

Modern Sports Halls often need to provide for a variety of other uses in addition to Sports.  This may be in the shape of exams, school assemblies or theatrical performances, to name but a few.  It is therefore important to consider these other uses when designing your Sports Hall to ensure that the space works just as well for them as it does for sport. 

In the case of assemblies and performances, this may require Bleacher Seating to be included.  Space needs to be allowed for the Bleacher Seating unit to be stored in, whilst the floor also needs to be suitable to support the weight of the seating units and allow it to operate.  For areas where performances will be held, elements such as lighting rigs and stage curtains may need to be incorporated within the roof-space.

Adjustments 

In certain cases, adjustments may also need to be made to allow for project specific requirements or design issues.  These can include: 

  • Adjustment in the position of court markings to avoid conflicts. 
  • Structural grid requirements. 
  • Mechanical and electrical installations.
  • Location of light fittings in relation to the court markings.


Modular Approach
 

In the UK, Badminton is often the sport which has the most influence over the design of sports halls. For this reason, the size of a sports hall is typically based on the number of Badminton Courts that it will accommodate. 

A single Badminton court space is regarded as the smallest practical multi-sport space. Most school Gyms will be 1 or 2 court halls, whilst most school Sports Halls will be a 4-court layout. 

For school projects, a minimum size of 34.5m long x 20m wide x 7.5m clear height is recommended by Sport England.

How Pinnacle can help  

Our in-house experts can aid throughout the design process as we have worked on a variety on educational sport spaces. Our Project Consultant Mike Scott has over 10 years’ of experience in the design of Sports and Leisure facilities in an educational setting and standalone sporting facilities. Mike champions innovative solutions that provide better value for money and increase the flexibility of spaces. He has a specific interest in physically active learning spaces and inspiring movement

If you would like Pinnacle to help design your new sports hall, please contact us today! We are always keen to share our expertise and answer any questions you may have about designing your sports hall.  

 

Welcome Tori-Lee and Siena!

We are pleased to say, we have two more editions to the Pinnacle team!

Lets find out more about them…

Tori-Lee Gulley

Welcome Tori-Lee to the team. Tori has joined us as a Sales Support working closely with the project consultants to help projects move along, from colour schedules to booking site visits. Tori recently finished her A-levels and is keen to start her career with us! 

Tori’s passion outside of the office lies with photography, from taking the images right through to editing and printing them. Her portfolio is broad, often using people as her subjects, including her sister, but also landscape photos and close-ups of objects such as graphite.  

We can picture Tori shooting ahead in her role as Sales Support, and outside of work, who knows… she might just become the next Annie Leibovitz! 

 

Tori

 

Siena Ridewood

Siena has recently joined the Operations team as Project Support, acting as the office port of call for project managers who are onsite; from completing the paperwork to ordering the furniture. Also a school leaver, Siena recently completed her A-levels. 

After studying ‘Professional Cookery’ Siena found her love of cooking, she enjoys experimenting with new flavours and following new recipes in the kitchen, cooking anything from authentic Italian pasta dishes to a traditional Sunday roast! When Siena isn’t in the kitchen, she can be found spending time with her siblings and her friends. 

We look forward to seeing Siena serve some fresh ideas and are excited to see her excel in her role.  

Pasta la Vista, baby! 

 

Meet Erin!

Meet Erin, who has joined our Marketing Team as the new Communications Executive.

Erin graduated from Bournemouth University at the height of the pandemic and is still waiting to attend her graduation! She completed her degree in Marketing Communications and particularly enjoyed studying Relationship Marketing. Erin is fascinated with understanding the motivations of individuals and how a person’s values and beliefs influence their engagement and interest in different brands. She enjoys building connections with people and having previously gained experience in Digital MarketingI’m sure you will see her blogs and e-newsletters come to life. 

Erin loves spending time with friends and family, in particular her 7-month-old nephew. She says he changes every time she sees him – don’t you just love them at that age?! 

In her spare time Erin is usually on the go but enjoys finding her zen in yogaAside from this you can normally find her half way up a climbing wall at indoor bouldering.  

We welcome Erin to the team, her engaging digital and social content is already reaching great heights! 


Here is a picture of Erin from better times whilst on holiday, she hopes to go away again soon but for now, her garden will have to do!

Take care of your mind

This week marks the 21st year of Mental Health Awareness Week, a week to encourage everyone to start a conversation about the importance of protecting your mental health.

This year’s theme is ‘Nature’. Research by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that many people found being in nature helped them cope with the stresses and strains of dealing with the pandemic.

“70% of UK adults said being close to nature improved their mood.”

The MHF recommend enjoying quality time, feeling and experiencing the joy of nature around you, the sights and sounds that you may have not noticed before. Nature has a unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder.

If you can’t get outside to enjoy nature, there are many ways to bring nature into your home or workspace. You could get a pot plant, use your balcony, listen to the birdsong, or even watch a nature documentary.

At Pinnacle we have been working with our clients to embrace nature in our designs:

At Broxbourne School, we increased the use of natural wood finishes in the design. This has a calming effect on the overall design. All our wood products in our capacity storage ranges are FSC certified with chain of custody.

Broxbourne

In Kensington Park School, we clad the walls of the dining hall with wood to create a modern look with a nod to nature.

Kensington Park

Take time this week to embrace nature, spend time with loved ones take care of your mental health.

Food for Thought – The Ideal Food Tech Space

Specialist teaching spaces for Design Technology, particularly practical food areas, require careful thought and planning to maximise space while often facilitating fully equipped workstations and health and safety requirements.  At Pinnacle, we have the flexibility to accommodate individual requirements with a tailored solution while remaining cost-effective.

When designing food technology spaces, there are different points to consider:

Design

The Food Technology Room needs to promote pupil practical cooking, teacher demonstration, and written/theory work for a safe and inspiring learning environment. The design of the space requires thoughtful consideration and knowledge because if it is not designed properly, can potentially be a dangerous area.

Pupil workstations are designed for students to work in pairs and each workstation should include an oven, hob, wash-up sink, drawer unit, cupboard, workstation, double plug socket and cooker switches.  The worktop should be made from a durable material, such as our Capacity Storage range with SGL worktops that has anti-scratch properties and is resistant to chemicals, water, hot objects and abrasion.

 

Cupboard doors and stools can add a pop of colour to the space and can incorporate a school’s corporate colours for continuity through the different areas of a building. Fridges for student’s ingredients conveniently located near the entrance area, allowing students quick access when they leave food at the beginning of the school day and collect cooked items later.

 

Safety

With health and safety being paramount to the design of the food technology space, it is extremely important that all possible risks of accidents are mitigated.

To reduce the risk of accidents, walkways and workstations should be kept clear to allow for the flow of students navigating through the room. A storage area for coats, bags, aprons should be added near the room entrance but away from the food preparation areas can help promote a clean workspace.

Ovens also come with different safety considerations, as hobs are available as gas, ceramic or induction. Induction hobs are best practise to include in a space because they heat the pan rather than heating the hob. Therefore, induction hobs can be safer to use but they do require specific pans for the hob. Equally, some schools prefer half ceramic and half gas which helps students learn on two different hobs.

 

Our Key Food Technology Spaces:

Over the years, we have served up an array of professional and functional food technology spaces. Here are some of our favourite examples below:

Lady Eleanor Holles School

Lady Eleanor Holles Food Tech

  • We fitted nonslip vinyl flooring and hygienic full height acrylic wall cladding
  • Through the food technology spaces, we completed the refurbishment of all mechanical and electrical services such as the ventilation and air conditioning.
  • For the staff we installed a bespoke teacher pod and demo desks for storage facilities.

 

Tomlinscote School

Tomlinscote Food Tech

  • Pinnacle built practical workstations using our durable Capacity Storage range and added solid grade laminate (SGL) for the worktops and for the back of the workstations to prevent hot pans being accidentally knocked off.
  • For each workstation, we fitted in integrated multi-functional fan-assisted oven with an electric grill and electric induction hob.
  • We created a handy bag storage system to ensure that walkways and workstations were kept clear.

 

Slough and Eton School

Slough & Eton Food Tech

  • Purple is one of the main colours within the School’s crest, so our Design Team wanted to include splashes of the colour in each area
  • Pinnacle installed bold purple Capacity Storage units in the food technology room creating practical workstations, complete with integrated ovens, hobs, power modules, sinks and taps.
  • At the front of the room, we fitted a TeacherWall and a large demonstration station for the teacher.

 

If you would like to view more of our practical and creative projects, browse our inspiration pages here.

To speak to a member of our helpful Team, call us on 020 8641 4444 or fill in a contact form here.

New FFE Consultancy Project In Hackney

We have won an exciting FFE consultancy project with The Boxing Academy, in Hackney. The Boxing Academy offers a unique educational pathway that incorporates mentoring and support with a dedicated boxer. The Academy offers an alternative to mainstream education and makes a big difference to many young people’s lives. There are many areas present in the project including classrooms, dining areaan art room, practical spaces, changing rooms and fitted storageWe are pleased to be working with Morgan Sindall on this innovative scheme. 

Image credit: Calford Seaden

Welcome Richard To The Team!

We have a new addition to the Pinnacle Design team! Richard has joined as Senior Design Technicians to aid with successful FFE technical designs and smooth installation process.   

As a Senior Design Technician, Richard is highly experienced in Visual Software and design.  He previously lived in the USA for 10 years and has enjoyed travel ever since.  

Outside of the office, Richard competes in the under 80kg class for Strongman competitions. (see Richard training hard in the photo below). He also enjoys an abundance of other hobbies including playing guitar, investing and growing cacti! But, most frequently, Richard creates and sells artwork online in a variety of mediums such as paintings, illustration and sculptures. 

We are happy to have Richard on the Design Team and look forward to seeing him progress in his new role.   

Pinnacle Announce New Scottish Address

Pinnacle are delighted to announce we have opened a new office in Aberdeen, ScotlandThe new premises is part of our expansion to the Scottish and Northern Regions, led by Project Consultant Mike Scott. 

 Mike has over 10 years’ experience in the construction and FFE industry and champions innovative solutions that provide better value for money and increases the flexibility of spaces 

Image credit: Google Images

Our new office is the first step towards building a manufacturing and design presence in Scotland (further announcements coming soon). We are also an approved Tier 2 & Tier 3 Partner on the hub South West Scotland Framework, helping to support contractors with our FFE knowledge and capabilities.   

Mike will soon be working within the Cirrus building. Our Scottish address is:  

Pinnacle Furniture  

Aberdeen Airport 

Cirrus Building 

6 International Avenue 

ABZ Business Park 

Dyce 

AB21 0BH  

 

 

Celebrate Global Recycling Day!

18th March 2021 marks Global Recycling Day, an annual event to raise awareness of the impact of recycling and the positive impact it makes around the world. 

At Pinnacle Furniture, we care very strongly about minimising the environmental impacts of refurbishment and fit-out projects. We acknowledge our responsibility to establish systems for preventing pollution, promoting recycling and minimising disruption to the local community. 

One of the ways we have impacted our level of waste is to separate our waste on site to allow more of it to be recycled. In 2020, we diverted 68.8 tonnes of waste from landfillover 96% of all our waste produced 

We are committed to the continual improvement of the Environmental Management system, following the principles and requirements of the ISO14001:2015 Standard. All employees are acting to protect the environment by preventing and eliminating environmental pollution, raising environmental awareness and reducing our carbon footprint.  

Pinnacle Are A Tier 2 Partner On The Hub South West Scotland Framework

Pinnacle are excited to be approved Tier 2 partner on the hub South West Scotland Framework. We are looking forward to supporting Tier 1  contractors deliver crucial education facilities in the region. 

hub South West Scotland encompasses several public sector organisations that work with their participants to deliver, construct, and maintain community facilities within South West Scotland. As Tier 2 partners, we will be supporting contractors with our FFE knowledge and capabilities, providing our expert knowledge on FFE packages including MEP and IT coordination, specialist packages and manufacturing to the surrounding area.  

Mike Scott is our lead Project Consultant for the Scottish regions. He has over 10 years’ consultancy experience in the construction industry, specialising in the educational sport and leisure facilities.  

For more information on our partnership with the hub South West Framework…

Work Is Progressing Well On Barlby New Schools

Work is progressing well on Barlby New Schools, a new primary school and The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s first special school in North Kensington, London. The primary school is an Outstanding Ofsted school but had tired, outdated buildings that needed renovation as well as a lack of special facilities for children with special educational needs and development.

We are delighted to be working with Penoyre & Prasad architects, who have created an innovative design for the new school, Swift Crafted and Mace contractors, who have been on site for the last year working on the development. The project will see the creation of a single new three-storey building that combines a bigger primary school as well as a new dedicated special school for young people with severe learning difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Image credit: Penoyre & Prasad

The younger students will be based on the ground floor with an outdoor learning space and the older children will be on the second floor with an outdoor roof terrace. The new SEN facilities will also have private staff areas and shared hall facilities for all the school.

Pinnacle Furniture has been involved in many SEND school projects and understand the importance of a flexible space to be able to adapt to the educational and physical needs of the students. For Barlby school, we took the architects concept design and designed the complete fitted furniture package throughout the schools, including height adjustable interactive screens, teacher storage wall, bespoke coat bag storage and resource hubs.

For the latest progress, see Mace’s onsite webcam https://api.t-lap.se/e10479/

Mateusz And Lorena Join Pinnacle As Design Assistants

Pinnacle are delighted to welcome Mateusz and Lorena to the ever-growing team! The Design Assistant position is a new role at Pinnacle and is part of our 2021 Q1 goals to improve quality and resources for the Design team. Mateusz and Lorena’s new roles require them to support the FFE Designers and Project Team with document quality control and design compliance. Their role helps us maintain a smooth design and installation process for successful project completion. 

Let’s find out more about their role and hobbies… 

Mateusz Wiechowski  

Originally from Poland, Mateusz moved to the UK when he was 9 years old and became interested in building design. He studied Architecture at Nottingham University so has plenty of experience in technical drawing and spatial awareness.   

Outside of the office, Mateusz has explored the many wonders of the world including Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Brazil and Dubai to name a few! He also enjoys painting and drawing, particularly portraits, and is currently learning Portuguese!  

Lorena Badelita  

Lorena also studied Architecture at University and has a passion for books as well as design. Her large collection of books is ever growing along with her plants- she said they are starting to resemble miniature trees rather than houseplants!  

During the first lockdown, Lorena discovered a passion for mini-golf and began learning Norwegian. She has also recently bought a manual scooter to help speed up her journey to the office. A scooter will definitely come in handy in the upcoming sunny months! 

We are glad to have Mateusz and Lorena on board and look forward to seeing them excel in their new roles with us. 

 

 

International Women’s Day 2021 – Meet Philippa

8th March 2021 is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

We want to take the opportunity to get to know one of our Project Managers, Philippa Moss, and celebrate her achievements with us. 

Philippa began her career in the furniture industry on the bench, making kitchens and bespoke furniture, and since then has been managing residential and bespoke furniture projects for a variety of companies and clients. Her role expanded and evolved into project management, a side of the role that she really enjoys. 

Philippa is passionate and driven to make a positive difference in the school environment to inspire learning. She joined Pinnacle Furniture 5 years ago as she saw an opportunity to combine her love for education with her project management skills. 

The best part of my job is feeling that I am improving learning environments.

Philippa Moss, Project Manager

Philippa loves engaging with the end user (students and teachers) and helping them to create a space that really works for them. Last year, she worked on a new build STEM building at Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC). The project involved a variety of spaces including breakout spaces, social spaces, laboratories, laboratory prep rooms, a mac suite, and general classrooms. It was key to the project to understand how the spaces would be used so engagement with the end user was really valuable. The key breakout areas and the student social space were specifically designed to create a calm atmosphere for students that is comfortable and encourages collaboration and socialisation. 

For the science laboratories and prep room, we obtained a very detailed brief from the science technicians explaining the engagements that they require. This helped us produce specific items and detailing, such as the bespoke design island in the prep room, to facilitate their legacy fume bubble and water ioniser. 

Philippa is currently working on a couple of large DfE projects for Watling Academy and Sir Frederick Gibberd College which have many complex elements and phases to themNow both projects are nearing completion, case studies will be coming to the website soon!  

Philippa’s favourite project so far is the bespoke science laboratory installation at Brighton College. By being involved in the early design stages, Philippa was able to support the College and achieve their ambition. Part of the project included the use of a bespoke StorageWall. The StorageWall is usually a standard product that we use in many projects, but the StorageWall for Brighton College was adapted and made bigger to suit the client’s needs and space. Philippa loved working with the College and Pinnacle Design Team to find a solution that met the College’s needs. 

Philippa loves her role as Project Manager and believes that everyone should be able to do whatever role they want to in life regardless of gender. These opportunities should be created and available to everyone. #IWD2021

Pinnacle’s LRC Capabilities

Today marks 2021 World Book Day, an annual event promoting the enjoyment of reading and how every child deserves access to books. To celebrate this important day, we want to share our favourite LRC projects that have helped children find a space where they can read, socialise and develop. 

Learning Resource Centres provide a central hub for learning, research and study and are becoming increasingly important in the modern learning environment. Our innovative schemes focus on attracting pupils to use their LRC or library and enable the space to be used flexibly.  

In this blog, we highlight some key features of LRC’s and how they can add value to the space and examples of our previous projects.  

TeacherWalls  

TeacherWall is the smart choice for library spaces, combining storage with learning aids and technology to support modern teaching. Teacherwalls have been fitted in libraries to create a space for multiple activities. The units can be customiseto a school’s specific requirements such as projectors, sliding drywipe doors and shelving 

Treehouse  

The atmosphere of a child’s Treehouse den is recreated in this wonderfully versatile mobile breakout pod. Treehouse seating is a perfect addition to an LRC because they are fun, creative, cosy and safe. The use of natural timber, metal support frame and high-performance acoustic upholstery make Treehouse unique and striking. They are available in multiple variations incorporating designs with pouffes, desks, and TV mounting brackets.  

Quattro Units  

Storage is critical in modern libraries; schools need units that are flexible to configure to the space. We offer plenty of storage solutions for books with straight, curved and mobile units. As a manufacturer, we can also offer bespoke library furniture for projects where that extra impact is required. 

Our Key LRC Projects  

Over the years, we have created a range of inspiring learning spaces for pupils and staff, perfect nooks and crannies to settle down with a good book and larger, flexible areas suitable for group work or self-directed learning.

Farnham Heath End School 

  • As trusted partners of Weydon MAT, Pinnacle created inspiring science laboratories, classrooms, LRC and changing rooms that was consistent with the design scheme across the schools 
  • In the LRC, we created a colourful and practical space with a variety of study zones. We included multiple seating options such as the Treehouse which provides a comfortable nook for collaboration and Sculpt seating that doubles up as a bookcase for a creative storage solution. 
  • We also selected Feast tables with power and seating, so students had the best accessibility.

 

Abingdon School – Beech Court  

  • Completed the fit-out for their newly built 3-storey building, Beech Court. 
  • On the 1st floor, we created a modern Library with a range of smart, innovative products included Quattro curved library units, individual study booths, a TeacherWall and a Treehouse.  
  • The space can be used for multiple activities such as self-directed learning which will help to bridge the gap between secondary and further education. 

 

Reigate Grammar School 

  • Transformed their newly built Sixth Form Centre into a functional, refreshing space that complemented the contemporary feel of the environmentally sustainable building. 
  • The Centre consists of mainly open plan areas with an eclectic mix of glass and wood 
  • For the library, we provided soft seating in a combination of blue, green and grey fabrics, with wooden coffee tables. 

 

If you would like to view more of our LRC projects, browse our case studies here.   

To speak to a member of our friendly team, call us on 020 8641 4444 or fill in a contact form here.   

 

Mike Joins Pinnacle As Lead Project Consultant For Scotland And The North Of England

Mike has recently joined the Pinnacle team as our lead Project Consultant for the Scotland and North of England regions. He has over 10 years’ experience in the construction and FFE industry, previously specialising in Sports and Leisure facilities in an educational setting and standalone sporting facilities. Mike champions innovative solutions that provide better value for money and increase the flexibility of spaces. He has a specific interest in physically active learning spaces and inspiring movement. 

With a BSc (Hons) Architecture degree, Mike has an excellent understanding of design coordination and working within an architect’s practice. His love for design spans further than his degree as his life goal is to build his own house! 

For the past 18 years, sport-mad Mike has played and coached American Football, although these days he sticks to the non-contact version! He can often be found on a five-a-side pitch playing the more traditional form of football too.  

Mike has also represented Great Britain for Flag Football and was part of a group who broke the World Record for the longest game of Flag Football by playing for 26 hours! (we are exhausted just thinking about it!) Outside of the sporthe enjoys travelling and exploring new places and would love to explore all different parts of the world!  

We are excited to see Mike soar Pinnacle to new heights in the Scotland and North of England regions!

 

 

FFE Install For New Primary School In London

Pinnacle are excited to announce we are working with Mid Group Construction on the Fitted FFE install for Sugar House Island Primary School in Stratford, London. The two-form entry Primary School will be open for 440 pupils following a ‘Head, Heart and Hands’ teaching pedagogy. The School will feature breakout spaces, flexible teaching spaces, musical walk play area and a green outdoor classroom and Forest School for outdoor teaching.  

The Primary School is part of a larger housing development project which seeks to collaborate East London and the best of city living, with only a 7min walk away from Kings Cross Train Station. The Sugar House Island project will create 600,000 sq. ft office space, 1,200 homes and retail, leisure and green space.  

The project is due to be completed in September 2021 so keep an eye out for further updates coming soon!