Henrietta Barnett School
The Henrietta Barnett School is a state grammar school for girls located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area of North London.
Their new library needed to be an all-encompassing, fully-integrated facility for the modern age, featuring a mix of furniture types to suit both formal and informal study, individual and small group study, whilst still retaining a strong sense of the school, with its’ history, traditional features and core values remaining intact. Solution.
The key to the project was to match the ambition of the refurbishment and historical importance of the school with its educational imperatives, whilst offering high-quality products and excellent value for money. Because of this, a highly bespoke solution was required. Julian Glover and Jonathan Hawkins from our design team worked closely with Architect Richard Paynter and a team from the school (including Head Del Cooke and Estates Manager Richard Cain) to determine how the desired look could be achieved at a realistic cost.
We supplied and installed bespoke shelving in real wood oak veneers and high quality graphite MFC, bespoke furniture including a counter with solid wood lipping and an inlaid marmoleum top with the school’s logo to the front. We also created matching rectangular, round and elliptical study tables (some with integral power points), oak veneer storage units with a bespoke surround for the electrical distribution point and study and operator chairs with an embroidered school logo. The space was divided using benching for study and IT purposes with tops also in oak veneer. The end result is a stunning blend of contemporary and traditional sensibilities that perfectly reflect the objectives set out at the beginning of the project: a library with all the features required to deliver a modern service, yet always respectful of the historical context, architectural features, educational ethos and traditions of the school.
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