Tarkett gets crafty with The Meadows Special School

Children at the Meadows Special School in Staffordshire have been helping to prepare interior decorations for their new school building, using flooring offcuts supplied by Tarkett. The concept came from the architect on the project, Eric Klein Velderman, whose theme of a stream winding through the building will be created partly through floor finishes and also on the walls.

Eric recently organised and ran a number of workshops with pupils from the Meadows School to create a series of textured tactile leaf shapes out of Tarkett vinyl offcuts and sample sheets. These will eventually be mounted onto MDF and incorporated into the final design.

Over 750m2 of Tarkett’s Safetred Spectrum flooring is being installed throughout the new school so the flooring contractors, Gladstones, also provided offcuts from the installation for the workshops.

Martin Pass of Tarkett joined Eric for one of the sessions and was delighted to see the children’s designs being brought to life with Tarkett products: “The children were so enthusiastic, it was a real privilege to be able to help with this project. Tarkett has a policy of recycling installation offcuts wherever possible, and this was a novel way of re-using surplus materials.”

The Meadows School is being co-located with Leek High Specialist Technology School and is Staffordshire’s first co-location of a specialist and mainstream school. Once complete, the Meadows School will take 70 pupils aged 11-19 years, with moderate learning difficulties. It will become the generic secondary special school for the whole of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

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