Freemen’s – Main Hall

Fresh New Look for City of London School

Following an involvement in an earlier phase of this large-scale school refurbishment project, Petal was invited to provide the washroom facilities for the Main House of the City of London Freeman’s School in Ashtead, Surrey. This Grade II listed building required modernisation to allow it to thrive into a sixth form centre. The scope of the project in design terms was to maintain the school’s exacting standards and its position as a premier provider of private education in the area. Petal’s 10 year warranty was an important factor in this project given the delicate nature of working with such a historic property.

Following extensive consultation, it was decided to remove much of the post-Victorian interventions to the building, peeling back the layers and restoring much of the original glory of this historic building. In terms of palette, colours were carefully selected throughout to complement and enhance the existing features.

Petal’s Thor cubicles were selected in a Grass Green to give a contemporary look that was also in keeping with the natural features of this building. With inward and opening doors for both showers and WCs and co-ordinating access panels, great care was taken to ensure a look befitting of this premier address. In an interesting bespoke feature, the cubicle configuration includes a locked cleaning cupboard to every set of two WCs, with an extended door height to prevent unwanted access.

Petal’s 10 year warranty provides piece of mind for any client, and was especially pertinent in the renovation of this Grade II listed building.

Freemen’s – Main Hall


  • Sector
  • Project Names
    City of London Freemen's School - Main Hall
  • Contractor
    Gilbert Ash
  • Client
    City of London Corporation
  • Architect
    Hawkins / Brown
  • Range
    Thor and Thor Plus WCs and showers, P300 APS, Action lockers & bench seating
  • Cubicle System
    Thor Plus and Thor Standard
  • Duct Pannelling
    P300 APS (with hinged access for main school hall)
  • Vanity System

With a combination of hard wearing CGL material across cubicles, access panels, lockers & benches, Petal’s Thor and Action products are ideal for school and sports environments due to their robust and water-resistant properties. Petal recognises that additional pressures exist in educational settings, with general horseplay and deliberate vandalism often part of everyday school activity. As a result these product ranges are awash with features which contribute to the most robust solutions on the market. Thor cubicles come complete with three hinges per door, and integrated head rail and full length channels with an integral foot, all of which add to the stability and strength of this product.

Action lockers are complete with CGL doors, full height aluminium bodies and high impact plastic tops, shelves and bases which ensure longevity of service. Complete with robust hinges and lock features, these lockers are designed to withstand the rigours of school and sports environments year after year.

A combination of wall-mounted cantilever style and back-to-back Action benches provide a generous and spacious changing facility for pupils, and with the addition of coat hooks this ensures a clutter-free space for dressing.

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