Creating engaging Food Technology spaces for Clifton College, Bristol

Food Technology Classroom at Clifton College

During the late Summer of 2023, Witley Jones Furniture was asked by Clifton College for assistance in designing and repurposing a first-floor room in the Preparatory school into a bespoke Food Technology classroom.

Having worked closely with Clifton College over many years, successfully delivering numerous boarding and day room furniture projects, Paul Williams, Director of Estates, asked for our assistance in creating an engaging and practical Food Technology room.

The brief for the project was to design the layout and manufacture furniture for a space suitable for class sizes of up to 20 pupils as their introduction to learning food technology.

The team at Clifton College specified a high-end finish, meeting catering kitchen standards whilst also creating a warm and welcoming environment.

Clifton College, Bristol Food Technology classroom

Considered Kitchen Design

With a long and narrow room with eaves detail and “nooks and crannies” to work around, it was crucial how we considered the layout of each workstation, location of ovens and sinks and to create a safe environment to work in. This showcased our commitment to tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of the school, whilst optimising the space available.

The heart of this project lay in shaping a classroom specifically designed for younger children to explore the realms of Food Technology. Collaboration with the school team and M&E contractors was vital in achieving the requirements of the curriculum whilst being aesthetically pleasing, safe and practical to work in.

Trespa, a solid grade laminate worktop material, was chosen for its durability and plenty of storage was factored into the design with integrated Bosch appliances giving the finishing touch of quality to a really satisfying project.

Delivered for new School Term

Meeting a tight timeframe and collaborating seamlessly with other trades, we delivered the project on time, with precision. The result was a Food Technology classroom that not only met the school’s deadline but also exceeded expectations – with zero snagging.

“Clifton College have been using Witley Jones for many years for boarding and day room furniture design, manufacture and installation and recently asked them to design and fit out our new Preparatory School Food Technology teaching space which we are very pleased with.

“Their products are of the highest quality, the personal service provided is excellent and the costs are always reasonable.

“We often give them very strict timescales which they have never failed to adhere to.” Paul Williams, Estates Capital Projects Director

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