The Ropemakers Academy, Hailsham

Sectors: Commercial Carpets, Schools

Location: Hailsham, East Sussex

Products: Diamond, Supacord,

  • Completed in January 2021, The Ropemakers Academy is a SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) school in Hailsham, East Sussex that delivers specialist teaching facilities for pupils from across the county.


  • The three-storey £12.5 million development will provide spaces for 80 students, aged 4-16 – covering both primary and secondary education. Alongside bespoke learning spaces, the school incorporates specialist therapy facilities, an outdoor games court and playgrounds.


  • Due to pupil requirements, the materials and colour palette used across the site has been carefully selected to provide variety, while avoiding over-stimulation for pupils.


  • The project is part of East Sussex County Council’s wider strategy for providing specialist teaching facilities across the county and will be run as a free school by The Beckmead Trust.


  • Willmott Dixon was the main contractor for the school, with designs completed by ECE Architecture. As part of Heckmondwike’s framework agreement, the company worked closely with Willmott Dixon and other stakeholders throughout to ensure the project ran smoothly.


  • Overall, over 1,400 square metres of Heckmondwike’s market-leading Supacord carpet tiles were supplied to the school, alongside 25 square metres of the company’s specialist entrance product, Diamond.


  • Supacord is Heckmondwike’s flagship product, with a strong history of delivering quality performance to the education sector. Manufactured at the company’s site in Liversedge, West Yorkshire, millions of square metres of Supacord have been installed in thousands of schools, colleges and universities across the country.


  • Heckmondwike’s carpet tiles were installed on-site by local flooring contractor, Beveridge Flooring.


Photography by Peter Langdown, courtesy of Willmott Dixon

Heckmondwike Supacord Grey Carpet for Education


Used in classrooms for over forty years, Supacord is now considered the number one carpet solution for schools, colleges and universities.



Diamond entrance area carpet incorporates a durable cobbled surface. Due to its extensive colour bank, Diamond is also used to create bespoke products.

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