Style Creates Flexible Space in School Restaurant
Oaks Park High School was built under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to alleviate the growing shortfall of places at schools within the Redbridge Borough. The school opened in 2001 with an initial intake of 180 students. Following an Ofsted inspection in October 2011 it was awarded ‘Outstanding’ status and was ranked in the top 10% of the country in June 2012 for value added at GCSE for students achieving 5 A*- C including English and Maths.
Maximising the use of space is an important challenge for any school, and a way of achieving this is to use moveable walls so that rooms can be sub-divided or opened out for a multitude of activities.
Working with architects Peter Emptage and contractors, Beardwell Construction, Style was appointed to deliver a flexible room configuration between the old and new restaurant extension.
To maximise light and offer outstanding ease of operation, DORMA Moveo Glass was chosen. Moveo panels are up to 50% lighter than conventional moveable walls, and Moveo Glass brings daylight into partitioned rooms whilst maintaining a high acoustic performance of up to Rw 50dB. Its revolutionary ComforTronic automatic seals are also standard, which means they allow quicker operation ensuring acoustic integrity every time.
“Moveo Glass is an exceptional product,” said Keith Way, Style’s director for the South East. “And for an open, light and spacious school restaurant it was perfect - mainly because the area can be sub-divided with ease but the feeling of space is always retained.”