Mansfield furniture firm takes on £1million contract for major new school project

A Mansfield furniture specialist has been awarded a major contract worth more than £1million to work on the largest new school project in Scotland.

By Lucy Roberts
Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 11:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 11:42 am
The vision for Barony Campus.
The vision for Barony Campus.

Mansfield-based Deanestor, a furniture and fit out specialist, has been awarded the contract by Morrison Construction to manufacture and install the fixed furniture for Barony Campus in Cumnock.

The £68million scheme will consolidate five disparate schools into one inclusive campus, creating an intergenerational centre for education for 2,500 students and 300 staff.

Deanestor is fitting out 324 rooms across the 22,000sqm campus, helping to create an outstanding learning environment for children, young people and the wider community.

Ramsay McDonald, managing director of Deanestor, said: “We are delighted to be working on our sixth project for Morrison Construction in the past three years.

"This latest contract follows a detailed assessment which looked at our financial stability and our skills, track record and technical expertise to deliver a project of this complexity and scale.

"This is a challenging fit-out project that required intensive design resources to achieve a cost plan that matched the design intent.

"We are looking forward to contributing to an exemplar teaching and learning environment that will enable every child to reach their full potential.”

Deanestor’s contract includes the manufacture and installation of bespoke fitted furniture.

There will be 117 learning walls, 1,800 base and wall storage cabinets, 1,200m of shelving, 1,500m of linear worktops, 100 lockers, benching for the sports centre, adjustable-height tables across the campus and kitchens for three food technology laboratories, as well as staff kitchenettes and a kitchen for the life skills room.

John Allan, project director at Morrison Construction, said, “Deanestor’s tender was competitive on price and they were able to achieve our programme.

"They have a good reputation both in the education sector and in Scotland. Our requirement is for fitted furniture that is robust and built-to-last for this high-quality flagship school campus.”