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The Leigh UTC

Dartford, Kent

The brief

The Leigh UTC is one of the first of its kind in Kent which focuses on computer sciences and engineering alongside core subjects. This is part of a new scheme aimed at forging closer links between education and local businesses. The school will accommodate up to 600 pupils, up from the 170 pupils who have joined the new school in Years 10 and 12 in September 2014.

Red Apple Designs were the FF&E consultant for this project. Working with the client we specified the KI Postura+ and Maestro chairs for Leigh UTC. KI products were the best option because they are a well-known manufacturer of commercial and educational furniture which are of the highest quality and durability. KI delivered a total of 600 Maestro chairs and 75 of these also had tablets added to them. We selected different shades of Maestro chairs, so that they complemented the rest of the colour scheme chosen for the school hall. We also specified 205 Postura+ laboratory stools, all the stools are 700mm high fitted with plastic seats and sled base metal frames.

Adam Goodayle, Senior Project Designer of Red Apple Designs

Our solution

600 Maestro chairs, including 75 removable tablet arms - Specified for the main hall in black, blue grey and cottonwood (white) polypropylene colours. Maestro is a contemporary, light and comfortable stacking chair making it a fitting choice for this particular space; its sleek appearance and colour choice makes an interesting and striking contrast against the backdrop of yellow and slate black colour scheme of the main hall.

205 Postura+ laboratory stools in black - Specified for the college workshops/laboratory, these stools are lightweight yet tough making it easy for students to come together for practical group work and class demos. The seats are easy to clean and highly durable.

The Maestro chairs are great, robust and attractive. We would recommend them for any school.

Steve Leahey, Principal, The Leigh UTC

More information

Date - September 2014
End user -
600 students
Project type - New facility
Project partners - Red Apple Designs
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