Company News

19 August 2015

Thornton EME Group furnishes Highland schools

British Thornton and sister company EME Furniture are pleased to continue a successful working relationship with the Highland council. Both companies are framework suppliers on the Scotland Excel Contract; Supply, Delivery Installation of Education and Office Furniture.

Having already supplied furniture to several schools in the Scottish highlands, including Lochaber high school and Aviemore primary school, British Thornton are currently working on 3 new build schools in the region.

A programme of extensions to many of the Highland council primary schools is currently underway with the addition of nurseries and extra teaching spaces. EME Furniture have been working closely with the council, assisting with product selection and supplying loose furniture to primaries across the region.

Working with contactor Robertson Construction Northern, British Thornton have provided the furniture for the new Gaelic primary school in Lochaber. The school has four classrooms at present, with the capacity to be extended by up to four further classrooms if space is required.


The new Gaelic primary is in a spectacular setting, even on a gloomy day.

Teaching Wall

The classrooms at Gaelic primary have bespoke teaching walls with sliding whiteboard doors and tray storage.


Furniture from both the Trudy and standard British Thornton ranges are perfectly co-ordinated.

Library area

The library area has practical low level shelving and comfy, fun soft seating suitable for children of all ages.

Reading corner

Bright and colourful reading corners with comfy soft seating, floor pads and book display.

Early years

Lime furniture from the Trudy range creates a bright modern teaching area for younger children.

The new Gaelic Primary is due to open in August 2015.

British Thornton has also been appointed by Highland Council to supply the loose furniture for the new Lundavra primary. Replacing Upper Achintore and Fort William primaries, Lundavra will be an 11-classroom school and is due for completion in September 2016.

Kier Construction will deliver a new £14.5M joint primary school campus and community building in Caol. The new campus will accommodate an eight-classroom replacement Caol Primary, as well as a six-classroom school which combines the Fort William and Lochyside Roman Catholic primary schools. Both schools will also have nursery classrooms and an internal “street” to link them together. A new Caol Community Centre will also be situated on the campus. British Thornton is supplying the fixed and loose furniture for Caol Primary which will be completed in 2016.

For more information on any of these projects, or to discuss your school furniture project, please call the British Thornton Sales Team on 08705 329201.