St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool


St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth a new state of the art girls school opened in September 2014.

It was conceived as a ‘big box scheme which is flexible for both the school and future’. The result is a three storey single span column free environment containing an exciting mix of learning environments and social spaces.

At the centre of the building is a learning resource centre with tables and chairs and study booths built into a ‘ribbon’ feature which encloses the area. There is also a terraced performance area on the upper level known as ‘the hill’ which accommodates full year groups so they can hold assemblies, view performances and attend lectures.

The design uses a simple, efficient building form allowing for great flexibility to create both transformational and inspirational spaces.

We supplied fitted benches and worktops to various rooms. We made over 300 loose and special tables for teaching areas and dining areas including “Wagamama style” refectory benches for the dining area, height adjustable benches for science and food technology labs and numerous fixed and folding tables for teaching rooms and work rooms. The majority of these were made in laminated MDF giving high gloss and bold colours; for the more hard-wearing work surfaces in the art, DT and Science areas Trespa Athlon was used.

wagamama style refectory benchthe ribbon : learning resource centre

There were also the more unusual items: the double height room divider of the ribbon wrapping around the learning resource centre in the central space which incorporates storage, tree planters and study booths with upholstered seating; terraced seating for the theatre space and a diamond shaped planter for the an artificial trees in the 6th form area which also has built-in storage and seating. We even sourced the artificial trees!

With our base just over the Mersey in Runcorn, FBS has taken great pride in being a part of such a high profile local initiative.

“a unique, exciting and stimulating environment for learning.”

Value – £18m
Completed – September 2014
Main Contractor – Vinci
Architect – BDP Manchester


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June 12, 2015