Acoustic room dividers from Portable Partitions Australia were used to split an existing classroom space to maximise space utilisation without undertaking costly building renovations.

Many modern schools are forced to maximise the use of available classroom space to accommodate an ever-growing list of classes, clubs and activities. Lack of available space can often hamper the ability of the school to encourage personal student growth and development through special programs.

Adaptability of classrooms is critical for accommodating multiple requirements within the same existing space. Ongoing budget pressures can however, restrict full scale building works from being executed to adapt current classroom space for multiple simultaneous uses.

Portable Partitions Australia (PPA), the market-leading supplier of portable room dividers and mobile partitions was recently approached by Collaroy Plateau Public School in Sydney to help provide a cost-effective solution for splitting an existing classroom space.

The school sought to create two separate and defined areas within the classroom space with key requirements being that the solution could be quickly and easily set up with minimal disruptions. They were also keen to use the separating wall to display artwork to help personalise and soften the space.

A wall-mountable 360 acoustic folding room divider was supplied by PPA to create a temporary wall. Featuring a concertina fold open and close design, the room divider could be folded flat to the adjoining permanent wall using a simple and unobtrusive wall bracket.

Made from acoustic honeycomb core, the room divider features fibreglass on both sides with the acoustic fabric ensuring minimal sound transfer between the two spaces. The panels of the divider also accept both pins and tacks for displaying student artwork.

PPA completed the project within one week of the initial consultation from product build to delivery and installation, without any building works while also minimising disruption and cost.

Jane Williams, Deputy Principal at Collaroy Plateau Public School comments that their bands appreciate the acoustic benefits of the room divider while the dance groups love the fact they can separate the room for rehearsals.