Case Study - The Priory Ruskin Academy

Case Study - The Priory Ruskin Academy

Wall cladding and corner guards from contract interior specialist Gradus have played a key role in the refurbishment of a sixth-form study room, providing it with subtle protection against damage caused by everyday use while complementing the room design created by pupils.

The products were installed at The Priory Ruskin Academy – a secondary school and sixth-form in Grantham, Lincolnshire – as part of Gradus’s supply and fit service. This sees the Gradus Contracts team take the project from initial advice and design to specification and installation, ensuring total peace of mind that all requirements will be met on time and within budget.

Based on an initial health-check of the study room, as well as close consultation with the pupils and the headteacher, Gradus specified its SureProtect Endure wall cladding sheet and standard corner guards for the refurbishment.

Mark Freestone, Site Manager at The Priory Ruskin Academy, said: "We’d refurbished the room before, but after a few weeks it had always become damaged again, spoiling the decoration.

We were determined to find the solution – especially as the students themselves had raised money to help with the furnishing and taken part in key decisions regarding design and décor. That’s why we turned to Gradus for their wall protection expertise. The refurbished room is now a truly motivational study environment – pupils and staff are really happy with it.

The wall protection from Gradus will keep the study room looking good for longer which will also help to preserve our maintenance budget. We couldn’t be happier with the work that Gradus carried out. They really paid attention to our requirements and were focused on meeting them as well as possible."

The Gradus team installed SureProtect Endure at half-height of the room, covering the areas of the walls that are vulnerable to scuffs and scrapes from bags, chairs, tables and other furniture. A durable PVC-u layer for protecting any interior environment, Gradus SureProtect Endure is textured and through-coloured, meaning the effects of any impact or abrasion stay concealed

Ian Cartwright, Wall Protection Sales Manager at Gradus, comments: “We worked closely with The Priory Ruskin Academy on this project, striving to understand their vision for the study room and making sure we delivered our part – so it’s great to see how happy pupils and staff are with the result. As ever with projects like this, communication was key. We work closely with all our clients to make sure we meet the brief Mark Freestone exactly, providing protection where it’s needed.” 

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