“Our relationship with Woods Furniture has been extremely positive throughout both our Furniture Tender process and now into the ongoing use and further supply of their products. Our main aim in selecting Woods Furniture was to ensure that we had the best quality product available in all of our teaching spaces. The Woods products have proven themselves to be reliable, comfortable and able to meet the high demands today’s students can place on them. Throughout the delivery and set up process it was the strong relationship that the Woods agents had developed with our school that ensured a smooth delivery was experienced a delivery process that required very little school input after initial consultation. The follow up from the Woods team has also been a highlight of the ongoing relationship we have with the Woods team.”
Scott Diamond – Principal at Surf Coast Secondary College
Over in New South Wales, prestigious Sydney girl’s school, Loreto Normanhurst has recently undergone a huge transformation with a new fit-out of the Gonzaga Barry Centre. Woods Furniture played a large role in this spectacular facelift, working with the architect, builder and school to ensure a smooth and seamless experience from start to finish. The school opted to have one colour theme per level of the multi-level building and we facilitated this stylistic choice by providing a mix of standard and custom-made pieces.
This was a large project with many people involved in the decision-making. Woods had to ensure that the stylistic choices made by the school fell within our own minimum guidelines, as well as making sure the colours chosen by the architect were available locally. In fact, we sourced colours from Laminex, which are outside of our standard palette, to accommodate the architectural design. Once all the pieces were chosen and the layouts for each room finalised, the matter of delivery was undertaken. It took three full days for the product to be delivered to each level of the building. We were certainly under the pump to ensure the normal running of the school could continue with minimum disruption.
Given this contemporary, flexible and stylish new fit-out, the Gonzaga Barry Centre is the long awaited centrepiece of the Loreto Normanhurst learning environment. Woods has helped create a custom space for this school that is both durable and exciting to be in. The opening ceremony was befitting of the large-scale revamp undertaken by the project team and was opened by the NSW Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO. More than 1300 dignitaries, officials, staff, and students attended the ceremony, it was a wonderful event to begin the life of these new, dynamic interiors proudly fitted out by Woods.
“The brief entailed twelve class rooms aligned with the Tintern Schools’ pedagogy of ‘Parallel Learning’ – requiring separation of girls and boys in Years 7 to 9, ideally without shared entries or corridors – for delivery of a tailored, gender-specific curriculum to maximise learning potentials, with social interaction occurring out of formal class time.
The design rejects a traditional planning solution (of double loaded classroom block with a shared central corridor), in favour of a single loaded configuration to maximise natural light, entering each classroom on two sides. Ample light and thermal performance – meeting Code requirements and well exceeding traditional framed construction – are assured by the selection of Kalwall cladding and glazing system that permits penetration of diffuse, low-glare, natural daylight through its translucent wall panels. Operable sashes provide natural ventilation.”
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