Contract value: tbc

Completed: 2010

This scheme at City College Plymouth houses teaching and learning, alongside the latest treatments in hairdressing, beauty and spa therapies, and sports therapy. The Pure Salon and Day Spa provides a fresh, contemporary space in which Hair & Beauty students can hone their skills in a working salon.

An important aspect of the brief was that the facility would operate in the manner of a typical high street salon, open to the public for regular appointments throughout the day. City College commissioned the new interior to ensure that the professional appearance of the salon would appeal to a wide age and income demographic of public customers.  Options for the salon’s graphic brand that would complement the interior theme were also investigated.

Walls and floors in neutral colours and durable finishes provide an understated backdrop for some statement features on a metallic theme. These include a bronze beaded curtain screening the washbasins, wall-mounted copper artworks facing the manicure stations and a feature wall clad in textured bronze behind the reception desk. The refelective surfaces create a chic and contemporary space that can withstand the rigours of everyday use.