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Plant Displays for Telford Academy School

13th October 2014

The new school in Telford was built to the highest environmental green standards and has been awarded a BREEAM excellent rating. Natural products were used where possible, with a lot of timber materials being used throughout. The plant displays were another way of incorpoarating natural products into this environmentally friendly building.

A main design feature of the new school was making the inside of the building round whilst the outside of the building is square. We put forward a planting scheme that complimented the buildings circular interior and used tall circular 'Circo'plant containers throughout the School.

  Ficus Benjamina braided stem plant at Telford Academy School    Telford school Library with Dracaena Lemon Lime plant

                                                  From L- R;   Ficus Benjamina Braided stem / Dracaena Lemon Lime

Exposed concrete design feature

Another interior design feature was "exposed concrete pillars" that show all of their bumps and imperfections. Exposed concrete is a popular design feature for modern interiors  and was first used by the architect Le Corbusier in the 1950s. To continue this design feature the fiberglass plant containers that we used are made from a mould of a handmade ceramic container, which also shows all of the bumps and imperfections of the original ceramic container.

   Ficus Alii ball headed on Pillar      Telford School has Dracaena Song Of India plant display

                              Dracaena Cintho plants in Telford School Reception

Main Reception - 5m Bamboo tree

A feature of the outside of the building was tall circular timber clad pillars. As you walk towards the building your attention is taken skywards.

                                                       Tall circular Pillars outside Reception

This was the inspiration for the 5 metre tall Bamboo tree that we used just inside the main Reception.

                                   Artificial Bamboo tree for Telford Academy School reception

When to use Live or Artificial plants

The live interior plants that we use are tropical plants and require a minimum temperature of 15 degrees. The Schools main Reception is a very lofty space and during winter weekends and holiday periods the temperature could fall below 15 degrees. With this is mind we used an artificial Bamboo tree, the real wooden stems are drilled then realistic artificial bamboo foliage is added.

    Telford School Reception Plant Display    Aerial view of School Bamboo tree

Plants Improve Student Performance

When the building was opened the Principal explained his vision for the new school building  'The internal design was specifically used to try and enhance the pupils' ability to learn.'

Plants have been scientifically proven to improve students performance in spelling mathematics and science. There also seems to be unanimous agreement among students and teachers that plants in the classrooms improved their appearance and 'ambience'.

To read the full scientific report click here.

Telford School Library desk top plants    Dracaena Gold Coast Carousel Telford school plant display

          Main stairs Abraham Darby Academy Telford

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