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Bespoke fixed furniture for the most innovative, ambitious and inclusive learning facility in Scotland.

The Barony Campus in Cumnock, East Ayrshire is the most innovative, ambitious and inclusive learning facility in Scotland.


The £68m, 2,500-pupil school is the largest capital project ever undertaken by East Ayrshire Council. Designed Sheppard Robson, it has consolidated five separate schools into one inclusive campus and features state-of-the-art teaching, sporting and community facilities.


Four linked structures accommodate a secondary school for 1,633 pupils, a 517-pupil primary school, a 119-place early childhood centre, an 80-pupil supported learning facility and 30 additional places for children with special educational needs. There is also a sports centre, community café, meeting rooms, recording studio, theatre space, enterprise kitchen for catering, and project space for textiles, crafts and pottery.



The Furniture Solution


The contract for the manufacture and installation of fixed furniture worth over £1m was awarded to Deanestor by Morrison Construction.


Deanestor fitted out 324 rooms across the 23,000 sqm campus, helping to create an outstanding learning environment. This has included the manufacture and installation bespoke furniture including:


  • 117 primary and secondary learning walls
  • 1,800 storage cabinets
  • 1,500m of linear worktops
  • Lockers
  • Benching for the sports facilities
  • Kitchens for three food technology laboratories and for the life skills room
  • Adjustable-height tables throughout the campus designed to meet DDA requirements.



Bespoke Modular Learning Walls


The modular learning walls were manufactured by Deanestor in multiple widths and 20 different configurations and colourways to suit each year group. These accommodate a combination of features such as:


  • A central interactive screen
  • Whiteboard doors
  • Integrated teaching desk
  • Built-in bag storage
  • Base and wall cupboards
  • Storage trays
  • Open shelving
  • Sinks.



A Palette of Colours Based on the Scottish Landscape


The architect’s colour strategy for the campus is based on the Scottish landscape and uses hues of blue and green for the fixed furniture. The classrooms are arranged around central atria which create highly flexible spaces for individual, small or large group educational activities.



The Customer Perspective


Alistair Kidd, Project Planning and Resource Manager, East Ayrshire Council:

“Deanestor has done a first class job of taking our design intent for The Barony Campus and turning this into a physical reality on site.”


“The teaching walls, demonstration desks and other bespoke furniture have been manufactured by Deanestor and to a high standard. This has really added to the quality of the overall finishes within the school and the learning environment. It was a pleasure working with the Deanestor team, particularly on site. Their attention to detail was crucial to delivering such an outstanding campus facility.”


John Allan, Project Director, Morrison Construction:

“Deanestor has a good reputation in the education sector and in Scotland. They are a valuable member of the Morrison supply chain and this project was delivered to their usual high standards. This was a major and complex fitout. Deanestor performed well, were easy to work with and the quality of their furniture is very good. The teaching staff and children are absolutely delighted with the new facilities.”


“The Deanestor team also helped us to address the challenges of the Covid situation. Their factory remained fully operational throughout the lockdown earlier this year which meant fitout could progress very quickly once construction sites in Scotland were permitted to re-open.”




  • Education Estates, Project of the Year – Schools

  • Education Building of the Year, Scottish Design Awards 2021

  • RIAS Awards 2022 - shortlisted