Getting all tessellated! – Birkett House Hydrotherapy Pool mosaics

For the last year or so we’ve been working as the Interior designers for the Birkett House special school new build scheme in Leicestershire. Our client is Leicestershire County Council with the main contractor as Willmott Dixon Construction.

A key part of what we do are the engagement processes we like to develop with a school in order to understand how they tick so that our design can be part of the transformative outcomes for staff and pupil.

One of these projects has been an inclusive mosaic project for the hydrotherapy pool that encouraged every pupil and lots of staff to produce a mosaic tile to help energise the pool area and contribute to a sense of ownership.

The overall concept was that the mosaic tiles would be arranged in a pattern similar in concept to the Lego urban art interventions and the tessellated super graphics being used in other places around the school such as the circulation areas. The background thinking to this is that pupils on the autistic spectrum respond favourably to logical repeated patterns which in turn contributes to a calming environment.

We created a template for the mosaics based on the 250x500mm standard white pool tile. This was the template that the school used to set out their mosaics. After some initial worries that we wouldn’t be able to produce enough tiles; the school eventually generated over 150 mosaic sets – more than enough!

We ran inset training workshops with the staff and also supervised some of the pupil workshops to ensure that we had a consistent approach. The task itself particularly suited children on the autistic spectrum as it requires accuracy, gluing the tiles precisely within the lines, and an ability to develop abstract patterns.

One member of staff working with complex needs children with limited motor skills devised a particularly creative approach on how to engage her class. Children painted their design onto the mosaic template which was then duplicated by members of staff as the final mosaic pattern. This was a very good solution to the challenge of enabling every pupil to contribute to the scheme.

mosaic scheme

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birkett house mosaic workshop

Sumptuous curves – the Wave seat

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We’ve been manufacturing these sumptuous GRP seats for several years. The curving design allows for many different break out arrangements and they can be used both indoors and outdoors.

The Wave seat was shortlisted for the 2007 BdI ( Birmingham Design & Industry) Product Genius category. Almost 100 entries were submitted for the high profile awards scheme, which serves to recognise and celebrate the most inspirational building, environmental and product designs borne out of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The seat was also included in the Gold category for specifiers in Birmingham BSF programme.

Pictured is a 3D render together with an installation at Broadway School new build.

Pricing for the Wave seat starts at £850 ex VAT  per unit which reduces depending on order quantity. The full RAL spectrum is available for any quantity ordered.

More on this product here

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The BE2 awards nominations

BE2 awardsWe’re ever so pleased to announce that our work has been nominated in two categories for the inaugural BE2 awards. Cast your votes for us in the Best AEC use of photo/video and Best Education and Learning Award.

BE2 say ” Since June 2008, the social media advocacy community, Be2camp, has been helping the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and related industries to think about and deploy Web 2.0 tools and techniques. It’s now time to start shouting about some of the best practice that has emerged — so we are organising the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment.”

The BE2 awards will be presented at a special event at the Building Centre, London on the 9th February 1-5pm

From the ‘unconference’ folk, the ‘unawards’…

These awards are about sharing information and helping construction people connect with others online, so we are:

  • ‘crowdsourcing’ the award nominations (and even an award category or two!)
  • encouraging online voting across the award categories, so that winners can say their award reflects the ‘wisdom of the crowd’
  • hosting some of construction and technology’s most thoughtful speakers at a TEDx-style event – ConstrucTALKs – immediately before the Be2Awards presentations
  • demonstrating our Web 2.0 enthusiasm (and guaranteeing a worldwide audience) by live-streaming the event to the web via video, live-blogging and Twitter
  • planning some surprises along the way – maybe a Pecha Kucha or two? – and
  • not going to insist on black-ties and cocktail dresses

Cast your votes here !

Longfield High school take delivery of Wave seats

Longfield school wave

Wave seatLongfield school have ordered six of our exciting Wave seats to enhance their atrium space. The Wave seats have been designed for both interior and exterior uses in any commercial, retail and residential setting. The seat was shortlisted for the BdI Industry & Genius Awards 2007. The curved seat is manufactured from polished GRP ( glass resin plastic) and is available in any RAL colour.

See more here