Formby High School, Sefton

Transformation of school dining halls

HSA were commissioned to undertake a number of transformation projects at Formby High School working closely with staff and pupils in design workshops to investigate how improvements could be made to encourage more pupils to choose healthy hot meals.

The tight budget and timeframe did not limit our ambitions, using low cost but robust materials in inventive ways for maximum input; manufacturing and assembling off-site to reduce the construction period. Introducing passive ventilation systems and insulating ceilings greatly improved the environmental performance. By reconnecting disparate parts of a complex school building we created new assembly space and transformed cramped and uninspiring dining halls where pupils often stood to eat.

Drawing on inspiration from the local landscape and surroundings, we printed wallcoverings depicting landmarks along the local coastline with artwork produced by SB Studio.  We also designed and arranged the manufacture of robust furniture and worked with local supplier Form to source high quality chairs for the same budget as standard education furniture.

Since opening, the school have seen an increase in the number of pupils choosing to sit to eat a balanced healthy hot meal.

Roses Design Award: Gold 2015

Shortlisted for AJ Retrofit Award 2015