A New Contemporary Canteen for Nelson and Colne College


Nelson and Colne College

College receives positive feedback from students following new canteen.


The Background

Nelson and Colne College is a Further Education college based in Barrowford, Lancashire. It is top in Lancashire for A Levels and top in the area for vocational studies. It is home to 1,600 full-time students and has recently been named number one in the country for apprenticeship success.

Our supplier European Furniture Group (EFG) is a leading provider for interior office solutions. They were the chosen supplier from the CPC Office Furniture framework to renovate the College’s canteen.


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The Process

EFG faced an interesting challenge with this design project. The brief from the College was to design a space that maintained the current capacity whilst at the same time introducing structure and a much needed update in style.

The canteen furniture consisted of out-of-date tables with fixed beam seating that made it difficult for students to get in and out of. As a consequence of years of student footfall the furniture also looked sparse.

The College wanted their new canteen to look more modern and friendly for their students. They wanted a nice, easy to clean area while still retaining a current capacity of 240 students. EFG worked very closely with the College to ensure every fine detail of their brief was delivered.


Project Designer, Dimitris Malamas said: “We used a combination of circular café tables and seating mixed with high and low bench seating in order to create a different feel, like a modern restaurant or a coffee shop. The areas and heights were split for different use and the Polyprop chairs and benches allow for easy cleaning.”


The Outcome

The College were extremely happy with the end result. The dedicated planning team at EFG created an interior solution that held 254 students (more than their current capacity) and the project came in under budget for the College!

Project Manager, Anita Monaghan said: “EFG offered us a creative solution to our brief and were therefore the best choice to help give Nelson and Colne College’s refectory a modernised and bright look to capture student attention. The service and quality was strong, offering us value for money, while meeting our allotted time frame. We are extremely happy with the outcome and how the space has been transformed, and would have no hesitation in recommending CPC to other clients using the company for future work. The bright furniture looks fantastic in situ, and students have commented on how much they like the revamped space.


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Date published: 20th Jul 2016