Acoustic portable partitions from Portable Partitions Australia were installed in the open plan library at the Adelaide-based Mark Oliphant College to create temporary spaces for use by teachers and students.

Libraries in schools and colleges are often used for a variety of functions beyond their original purpose, requiring administrators to create additional temporary breakout spaces or ‘rooms within rooms’ to accommodate group meetings, training sessions or work areas.

Flexibility and adaptability of existing space is therefore critical for maximising utilisation, with minimum distractions and disruptions to the surrounding areas of the library.

Portable Partitions Australia (PPA), the market-leading supplier of portable room dividers and mobile partitions, was recently approached by Mark Oliphant College in Adelaide to help them create temporary spaces within the library.

The client sought to easily create separate and defined areas within the larger open plan library space; the solution also needed to be easily moved around the library when required. Noise dampening as well as a modern look and finish were important requirements.

PPA’s 360 acoustic portable partitions incorporating fluted acoustic polycarbonate panels provided a simple and highly cost-effective solution to their problem. Measuring 1.83m in height and 7.62m in length, the portable partition can easily create large defined spaces as and when required. The partition’s lightweight construction also allows it to be easily folded, moved and stored when not in use.

According to Dean Clark, Deputy Principal at Mark Oliphant College, the portable partitions have proven really useful for helping to create spaces within spaces that can be extended and used by larger groups throughout the day. One of the partitions has been used to facilitate a space for meetings and training sessions with a screen and projector installed in the area, and seating and tables added as needed, while the remainder of the library is used by teachers and students.