A green education
The Hayes Primary School in Kenley, Surrey is more than just award-winning architecture. The school believes that education is a partnership between pupils, teachers and parents, who work together to foster and develop an enjoyment of learning. The exterior by David Knight features a perforated reflective screen to the width of the school building. This reflects the sky and trees surrounding the school and makes the facade fade into the landscape. It was this green colouring that provided a shading idea to the contracted interior designer.
A lesson in light and shade
The innovative interior was as adventurous as the exterior, with wider than average passageways and large airy classrooms. There were also a lot of glass windows in the interior, as well as the exterior, and a shading solution was needed to control summer glare and winter heat loss. The interior designer conceived alternating light and dark green blinds and Stansons went back to school.
The Stansons Solution
Upon examination, Stansons decided that the Armour Vision range of fabrics was the answer as it had the widest colour range. The interior designer found the exact colours needed and Stansons went to work during the school holidays. The Armour Vision woven blinds fitted in beautifully with the existing flooring, furniture and textiles and carried the cheerful, green aspect of the exterior, right through the school.
Back to school, back to colour
When the new term came, both staff and pupils remarked on the green transformation to the school, inside and out. Stansons are proud to have been involved in such an iconic piece of educational architecture.