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Transforms school spaces to inspire pupils and staff

Diversified technology company 3M today announced its high quality vinyls have been used to transform spaces at Garth Hill College in Bracknell into inspirational and thought provoking areas for both staff and students. Innovative graphical design specialists, Surface View, worked closely with the college and 3M Commercial Graphics to design, manufacture and install extraordinary, colourful and intricate artwork throughout a large covered space between the main buildings of the college, using hard-wearing Scotchcal Graphic Film from 3M.

The Inner Link at Garth Hill College was a large spartan area which provided plenty of opportunity to create a more inspiring environment. The college’s site manager and technician created a life-sized model of Doctor Who’s Tardis where pupils can enter and record feedback on teaching and learning in a video diary. Keith Grainger, Principal at Garth Hill College said, “We wanted to increase the presence of the Tardis and also move the decoration of the space forward significantly with artworks that would create a dynamic area for the school and make everyone think and feel about the space in a different way.”

Working together as a team, Garth Hill College, 3M Commercial Graphics and Surface View discussed and developed concepts for pillar wraps, floor graphics and textured surfaces, as well as graphics for smaller pillars to create pieces that work both individually and together, presenting aspirational messages that express the college’s values and the experiences of the students.

When it came to selecting materials for producing each piece, vinyl was the ideal medium for several reasons. The pillar wraps, which depicted themes such as meadow flowers, whirlpool bubbles, and geometrical shapes contained intricate images that can be printed accurately on the vinyl.  Scotchcal Graphic Film by 3M was the ideal choice for the floor graphics, as it is hard-wearing, can be applied directly to brick surfaces, and incorporates a non-slip laminated surface treatment for safety. Surface View developed designs to fit the brief using a mixture of images from their incredible archives and brand new designs that the designers in their Mac Room developed specifically to answer the brief from Garth Hill.  As well as managing the project, Surface View led and fostered a coherent relationship between the three parties involved and the end product is testament to great communication from the whole team.

“We decided to incorporate textures in some of the low-level wraps, to draw students’ attention and encourage them to take a closer look,” adds Alice Newman of Surface View. “We were able to achieve the effects we wanted by choosing Scotchcal Graphic Film with Scotchcal Matte Overlaminate by 3M. The vinyls are of a very high quality, which in an environment like a school is key for the longevity of the graphics.”

The designs that were signed off include Meadow, Vortex, Angles, and Tree Canopy. The Geo Concrete, Knitting and Record Stack designs are low-level column wraps that take advantage of the vinyl properties to create the textured effect desired to attract attention.

For more information, please visit www.3M.co.uk/graphicsolutions.


3M and Scotchcal are trademarks of 3M Company.

Surface View is a trademark of Vinyl Graphics Ltd

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products.

Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries.

The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3,000 people across 17 locations, including nine manufacturing sites.

Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems, high-performance coatings, secure documents, passport readers and imaging systems.

For more information, visit www.3M.co.uk or follow @3M_UK on Twitter.

Press contacts:

Penelope Webley          

3M Commercial Graphics            

Tel: 01344 857276           

Email: pwebley@mmm.com

Nicki Langley

Neesham Public Relations

Tel: +44 (0) 1622 862667

Email: nickil@neesham.co.uk

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