Colourful learning facility for school

Ian Lavery MP with Jeff Hope and Jill Johnston from AkzoNobel Ashington and pupils from Central Primary School.
Ian Lavery MP with Jeff Hope and Jill Johnston from AkzoNobel Ashington and pupils from Central Primary School.

A new Inspiration Suite, designed and decorated by AkzoNobel, has been opened at an Ashington school.

The global paints and coatings firm worked with children and staff at neighbouring Central Primary School to design the facility where STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects will be taught.

To help inspire them to get creative with their designs, the pupils visited AkzoNobel’s state-of-the-art plant in Ashington in the weeks leading up to the transformation to participate in a colour masterclass.

They created bright 3D canvases with guidance from instructors at the Dulux Academy training centre.

Officially opened by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery, the newly-decorated suite also includes the main hall, adjoining corridor and staircase and it is the culmination of a four-month long project delivered by the company as part of its Dulux Smarter Spaces initiative and commitment to ‘bring colour to people’s lives’.

Site support co-ordinator at AkzoNobel Ashington, Jill Johnston, said: “At the end of the course, we asked the pupils to work in groups to create mood boards that we then sent off to the Dulux Colour Studio team to distill into a colour palette, which we could use to decorate the parts of the school identified for the project.”

Executive principal at Central Primary School, Andy Roberts, added: “The new Inspiration Suite, school hall and the colourful staircase and corridor are an asset to the school and on behalf of all of the staff and pupils, I’d like to thank AkzoNobel for its hard work and generosity.”

A team of decorators was dispatched to the school during the Easter holidays to carry out the transformative paintwork.

Dulux UK and Ireland creative director at AkzoNobel, Marianne Shillingford, said: “The most important thing to remember when enhancing a school environment is to create something beautiful and high-impact that both the teachers and the pupils will enjoy, but that will also be easy to maintain.

“Using the children’s mood boards as a foundation, the colour palette that we distilled for Central Primary School uses a range of colours varying from forest greens and azure blues to fiery oranges and deep violets to create a stimulating environment, which is both functional yet playful.

“The energising colours embody the children’s thoughts on positivity and help to modernise the spaces beautifully. The finished result is truly spectacular.”