General

WF Education is situated in Shrewsbury, in the heart of Shropshire in the West Midlands. Our multi-continental, European distribution centre provides an excellent central location for UK shipping but also easy international distribution.

For UK travel, the Phoenix House offices and 90,000sq ft warehouse is situated just off the M54 and just a 30 minute car journey to the M6. The Battlefield Enterprise Park offices are also not far from Shrewsbury town centre, a beautiful Medieval heritage town with access to train lines and a plethora of shops, hotels and eateries.

WF Education has been serving the education sector for over 100 years. Working with thousands of schools, teachers, and specialist suppliers around the globe we believe that ensuring close and regular communication with our stakeholders, gives us the advantage of understanding education from the inside out. We not only understand curricula needs but are understanding of our customers’ short term and long-standing challenges – ultimately providing products, services and solutions which align perfectly for 21st Century teaching and learning.

Our service is customer-centric from start to finish, with a project-led approach and careful planning, right from the beginning of any project.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what our customers have to say on our testimonials page.

WF Education is ISO 14001 and 9001 accredited and aim to ensure maximum safety and legislation is fully compliant for any size project or service. Good business practices and quality products and services are of utmost importance to us, and we are proud of our accreditations and professional memberships.

WF Education is ConstructionLine Gold which is assessed on additional important areas such as a businesses environmental management, quality management, equalities and diversity. Our Constructionline Gold demonstrates to our customers our commitment to delivering quality outcomes. You can find all of our accreditations and memberships here: What we do.

Here at WF Education, we can deliver a new space for almost any environment. If you have a space for us to work with, our design team can work with you to transform it. It may be a space that you haven’t yet considered or a space that doesn’t have a clear purpose.

We primarily fit out libraries, learning spaces, design and technology spaces, sports and activity studios, fitness suites and science laboratories. The following are excellent examples of the types of other spaces we can work with, but the list is by no means exhaustive, so any ideas, please, let us know and we will work with you to discover what’s possible.

Corridors: the majority of buildings will have many corridors, often forgotten and left as unused space, they can work nicely to accommodate smaller areas for learning, storage, display, seating and a range of activities.

Dining rooms, lounges, and common rooms: just because a room has an original purpose, doesn’t mean it can’t be utilised for alternative functions such as study or meeting areas, book storage, activity space, or individual or group learning zones. Whether a complete room transformation or zoned areas, any of these rooms can offer multiple options for various activities. Why not turn your dining room into an afterschool or afternoon STEM club or a reading club? With mobile furniture, that can be easily stored and manoeuvred, your options are endless.

Reception areas: often only used for display and waiting areas, reception areas can make a fantastic space for students, visitors, and teachers alike. Utilising this space can give you and your students extra breakout zones to enjoy a realm of activities.

Our design service can take the specification of any space and demonstrate the options. Check out the Everna and Claria ranges and/or contact us to help you find out what’s possible!

If you are interested in a WF Education space, there are four main steps in the process:

Consultation – information gathering and planning in the initial stages are crucial to creating the best space possible, consultation with our team will give us time to understand your ideas and requirements, the physical space we are working with, the scope of the project and the impact on learning outcomes, utilisation, and wellbeing. Our UK team have worked with some of the worlds, largest academic and public environments and therefore understand this stage in the process is key to optimum delivery and reducing risk.

Design – this is where your imagination and vision begin to come to life, careful consideration to the space you have and what is possible within it. Designed in real-time, our design team delivers a full space planning service, working with you to create the foundation of your new space from the beginning.

Installation – quick and hassle-free! The WF Education turnkey service will ensure your experience is easy from start to completion. No excessive requirements for dealing with architects and multiple suppliers, we will take care of everything for you – from the beginning to finish.

Aftercare – our ongoing customer and technical support, advice and maintenance ensure you are in good hands, long after installers have left.

We do indeed! We can help you with any level of query from product and service enquiries to initial consultation, quotations, and CAD drawings. Just contact us via our contact page – link to contact page

Yes, we do. We are confident in the quality of our products and services and as such offer our customer’s peace of mind when working with WF Education. Visit our terms and conditions to find out more about how our warranty and guarantees work for our product range and services – link to T&Cs

Getting In Touch

You can get in touch with us via telephone or email, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. If you would like advice on planning a new space installation, have a query about an existing installation, or anything in between, simply get in touch via our contact page.

If you want to talk technical, please contact us at technical@wf-education.com

To give you the best possible service we may ask you additional questions by phone or email. If your query concerns products we may ask for photographs to help us deal with your enquiry.

Our team will work hard to help you as soon as we can. Please, allow at least 24hrs for an email response as we may need time to gather information to properly assist you.

We aim to support our customers and understand you are likely to have questions even after your space has been installed. Our aftercare support team will work with you to ensure you have a named contact and peace of mind.

You will have a Project Manager to take care of you throughout the lifecycle of your installation, from start to finish. If you are not satisfied, they will be happy to discuss options to resolve your issues and concerns. Our complaint’s policy asks that you simply write to us within 30 days. Terms and conditions.

Ordering

We accept payment via BACS, most major credit cards, and cheque. Credit accounts are available to most education establishments and local authorities, and this will be discussed at the point of initial contact and planning. Each customer account request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

There is no minimum value to a WF Education Spaces project, and our team will support you, no matter what the project size.

This is dependent on the terms of sale, services and products installed. We will discuss this with you at the beginning of the process and any additional charges will be clearly presented on your quotation where applicable.

Managing my project and service

WF Education has a dedicated in-house Design Team, with decades of experience working with customers, architects and contractors to deliver space planning and fit-out services. We can use your existing designs and layouts or alternatively we offer a full turnkey service and can work with you to design your new space installation for you.

Where appropriate, we offer customers 3D CAD layouts and renders to visualise spaces and options.

This will depend on the initial conversations, and scope of your project but we offer a design consultation service to customers if this is a requirement. Specific consultation services are quoted on a project by project basis, on request.

Transparency is key to any size project running smoothly and we understand that hidden costs are unwanted and unnecessary. Consultation fees will depend on the size and scope of your project. After initial conversations with our spaces team and a review of the level of consultancy required, we will discuss any charges with you.

Each of our customers will have a dedicated Project Manager who will take care of you throughout the lifetime of your project. Project Managers are supported by the wider Projects department and our Customer Support team.

Your project is managed start to finish from our head office in Shrewsbury. Project milestones and interdependent deadlines are managed by us to take the pressure off you. Your satisfaction and a quality installation are paramount. We understand the complexity of any project and will ensure site surveys, risk assessments, method statements and environmental surveys are completed to ensure your installation is delivered to the highest standard.

We will regularly update you on progress by phone and email and if appropriate, in person on site.

This is dependent on the scale of your project and other factors such as school holidays, manufacturers, suppliers and our installation schedule. Many installations will be completed within 6-12 weeks from confirmation of order; however, we can often deliver much sooner for smaller-scale projects. Again, this will all be discussed with you at the beginning of your journey with WF Education and in every instance, we will work with you to agree on a workable schedule

Products

Yes, we do. Collaboration is a key 21st Century skill in which can be overlooked and underutilised. Collective learning enables free-flowing exchange of ideas, enabling children to interact and will enhance their ability to absorb information more effectively.

Want more on collaborative learning? Collaborative – WF spaces (wf-education.com)

Take a look at our furniture range…  Collaborative Spaces Group Study – WF spaces (wf-education.com)

Claria™ –  seating ideal for collaborative discussion or presentation. Claria Seating

Understanding the user experience and maximizing the utilisation of your space will help ensure the space is easy to navigate, multi-functional, comfortable, and most importantly – adaptable. Strong flexibility of ‘mobile’ furniture is a simple and cost-effective way of creating agile, future-fit, and reconfigurable spaces, ultimately enabling you to adapt to the changing demands of evolving educational environments.

Our Akira™ products have been created with flexibility at the forefront of our designs.

Learn more on flexible classrooms on page 20 of our brochure: Digital Gresswell 21

Have you thought about flexible seating? Check out our blog to find out more: Have you explored active seating?

Learning takes a dynamic form when students can practice what they’ve been taught. Since no one can predict how education, technology, and teaching modalities will evolve, learning spaces must have the ability to adapt to whatever changes the future may hold. To achieve this flexibility, WF design studios and workshops which include movable furniture and flexible systems that can be easily reconfigured to support different applications.

Check out the Akira range – Design and Technology – WF spaces (wf-education.com)

WF Education designs easily accessible spaces for sports and leisure that encourages people of all ages to be more physically active, as part of creating a sustainable healthy and happy lifestyle. Movement is essential for our health, communities, and the next generation. Creating active environments requires a coordinated and holistic approach to the design and application of those surroundings.

Check out WF Education’s Activity Studios and Fitness Suites – Sport and Leisure Spaces

We understand the specialised requirements for teaching theoretical science, demonstrating the theory, and conducting class practicals as well as health and safety considerations. Our designers plan for interconnection between the practical and theoretical aspects of teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Spaces should inspire – a visually striking lab space does play an important role in engaging students. This holistic approach also helps toward versatility in lab designs, particularly helpful since technology is moving faster than the laboratories are being renovated.

Check out science laboratory spaces for 21st-century learning – Science Laboratories – WF Spaces

Engaging environments and zoning can provide a superior setting to a traditional library or classroom layout. A simple but unique approach to designing spaces that supports the improvement of educational outcomes and wellbeing. The Everna™ system creates zoned spaces perfect for supporting a variety of applications and learning styles.

Checkout the Everna™ range – Learning Spaces and Libraries – WF spaces (wf-education.com)

As specialists in both Science and D&T spaces, we understand the power of STEM and its importance in education. Maybe your school has a breakout room for STEM activities that you want to transform, or are you using your existing workshops and labs…? whatever your facilities for teaching STEM currently, we can help you strengthen this through utilisation and flexible spaces.

Talk to us about your new STEM space requirements or idea’s – Contact Us

Discover – Akira Design and Technology

Discover – Everna™ Learning Spaces and Libraries

Yes, you can find more detail on our furniture ranges on the website: Everna™ – WF spaces (wf-education.com) Akira™ System – WF spaces (wf-education.com) Activity Studio – WF spaces (wf-education.com) Laboratories – WF spaces (wf-education.com)

We do indeed. Opportunities are endless with WF Education spaces for any environment – even outside of education. If you have a leisure centre, public library or community building where you would like to introduce furniture systems, to create zones or reconfigure the space quickly and easily, and align with fast-paced timetables and schedules across a range of activities, simply contact our team.

The majority of our work is installed directly into schools or community buildings on a project basis. However, there may be ways of supporting a much smaller order, and some of our products can be purchased individually (lead times may be affected). We would be delighted for you to get in touch with our Customer Support team to discuss your requirements – e: sales@wf-education.com

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