Furniture maker secures latest school fitout project

Mansfield-based furniture manufacturer Deanestor has been awarded its 13th school FF&E project for Robertson Construction – a £3.8m contract for the new East End Community Campus in Dundee.

Deanestor will fit out over 300 rooms across the new three-storey campus, providing more than 4,000 items of loose and fitted furniture.

Due to open in August 2025, the £100m campus for Dundee City Council will cater for 1,900 pupils and will replace two high schools – Craigie High School and Braeview Academy. The project is delivered under Procurement Hub, Major Projects Framework 2 (MPF2).

Designed by Holmes Miller to Passivhouse standards, the scheme will create an inspiring and sustainable environment for learning and attainment, whilst celebrating the history and achievements of the individual schools.

According to Ramsay McDonald, Managing Director for Deanestor in Scotland, “This project really demonstrates Dundee City Council’s commitment to the community, to education attainment and to addressing climate change.”

“We welcome the opportunity to work as a partner of choice to both Robertson and Procurement Hub, and are looking forward to contributing to the delivery of another really high-quality, multi-use campus. We are in no doubt that these facilities will make a tremendous difference to the local community in Dundee and to city-wide education and sport.” 

Councillor Stewart Hunter, Convenor for Children, Families and Communities at Dundee City Council, said, “The East End Campus will be more than a school – it will be a focus for the whole community and will be accessible and inclusive. This campus will help the future prospects of young people and the community to thrive.”

“It is the single most important investment in our city’s future and delivery of the campus will allow us to improve educational and community facilities and tackle significant challenges of poverty.”

Steven Coulson, Associate at architects Holmes Miller, said, “The design of the East End community campus is set to deliver on three fronts – to bring two schools together and conduct effective teaching; to provide a building aligned with long-term sustainability commitments, and to offer valuable space for local community benefit.”

“To achieve the rigorous Passivhouse standard, we have placed sustainability right at the heart of the design, which will ensure low energy consumption both during the construction phase and throughout the life of the building.”

A wide range of furniture and specialist school equipment will be provided by Deanestor for the new campus, such as dining tables and chairs, storage cabinets and wall units, teaching walls, booth seating, mobile tray units, changing benches, lockers, classroom and meeting tables, bookcases and shelving units, craft and science tables, sports equipment, solid-grade worktops for laboratories, and industrial shelving for metalwork and woodwork.

The furniture will be supplied by Deanestor in a palette of natural colours and finishes – summer oak, grey and green.

The campus will be a compact, highly insulated building with low energy hybrid ventilation, substantial solar panels and a heating system that is powered by air source heat pumps.

The facilities will include an auditorium, library, teaching and informal learning spaces, learning plaza, Hellerup stairway and dedicated community spaces with access to sports facilities, flexible multi-purpose rooms, and a café.

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