Lots of schools have their own library but not many have one in a former bus!
Thanks to Heckmondwike, one of UK’s leading carpet manufacturers, St Andrew’s School, Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire, now has hard-wearing, aesthetically pleasing Pure Care carpet in its new library bus, creating an environment perfect for pupils to enjoy reading.
The static library bus at St Andrew’s School, was gifted to the school by a parent who works for Moving People Ltd and refurbished by B&G Sears Ltd of Blackburn. The school wanted to create an interesting library bus interior that was hard-wearing, bright and easy to maintain.
Headteacher Mrs Wilkinson said: “We are so lucky to have this fantastic resource where the children can enjoy reading to their friends or with an adult. The shape of the bus is excellent for a whole class to sit around the edges and the addition of the colourful, hardwearing carpet makes the whole space so lively and fun. Just as it should be in a school!”
Michelle Burton, Sales Manager from flooring contractor Rishton Flooring, who managed the carpet installation for the bus said: “This was such an unusual and fun project, but the challenges for the flooring solution were considerable; high footfall, environmental contamination (mud/grass etc.) and fluctuations in temperature all meant that the carpet had to be very durable. But given that the bus was also a learning environment for young children, the school wanted a flooring solution that was colourful, contemporary and soft underfoot.”
Heckmondwike’s Pure Care offered the durability and visual appeal needed for this project. Available in 8 colours, Pure Care also offers high stain resistance and still feels comfortable, essential with young children. St Andrew’s was also keen to reflect its school colours in its choice of flooring for the library bus, so Pure Care in ‘Sapphire’ was the perfect choice.
Flooring design plays an important role in creating stimulating learning environments, which is why it is so important to find a hard-wearing carpet that can withstand the demanding school environment and retain its appearance for many years.
Pure Care and Total Care are Heckmondwike’s tufted carpet solutions; they are ideally suited to educational establishments, whether in classrooms, corridors or school office areas. Available in different pile weights, both types of carpet feature a fully impervious backing, are highly resistant to staining and cleaning products. They are also manufactured to meet all relevant flammability tests and offer antistatic properties.
Another popular carpet for schools is Supacord. Available in a choice of 42 colours and renowned for being able to withstand heavy wear and tear, it retains its aesthetics and performance properties for many years. Schools are also choosing colourful carpet for their entrance areas too and some schools also opt to have their school branding, colours and/or ethos integrated within their entrance area carpet to add impact and reinforce the values of the school, as soon as pupils or visitors walk through the door.
Sample cards are available on request by calling 01924 413637 or by using Heckmondwike’s online sample form.