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Live & recently completed projects

Birkett House school

Birkett House is a special school providing places for up to 175 students aged between 5 and 19 years. We were appointed to develop the interior design as well as engage the school in activities that contributed to the overall scheme.

Non-residential Winner, fbe Awards 2017

Newlands Primary Community school

We developed an interior scheme for this refurbishment project on the former Heathfield Academy site. The scheme is a 2 form entry (2FE) primary school and the project completed October 2018.

Hatherley commission

We were commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council to design a public artwork which was sited in an area called Humpty Dumps.  The sculpture is based on the discovery legend of the spa waters in Cheltenham and depicts birds and flora and fauna developed with pupils from the schools.

Milton Keynes Hospital commission

We're delivering various commissions at Milton Keynes hospital in the Children's Unit working with the Arts for Health team. We've completed work on Wards 4 and 5 and the adjacent day care centre, Milton Mouse.


Work in progress.

Sellincourt Primary Refurbishment

We were appointed by the school Governors to develop a phased refurbishment scheme for the whole school looking at all the internal finishes as well as some spatial remodelling.

Wildstone 'Birmingham Collection'

We're working with Wildstone Media to develop a series of digital advertising screens proposal for the M6 corridor.


Work in progress.

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

We worked with Worcester City Council to develop artworks and interior finishes for the regions newest 8 lane Olympic competition public swimming pool.

Fitzroy House CAMHS Unit

We worked with Willis Newson and

P+HS architects to deliver an integrated design commission for this new St. Andrews Healthcare Trust CAMHS Unit in Northampton. With 110 beds it is the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

‘Complex Care Provider of the Year’ 2017

Ysgol Y Gogarth SEN scheme

We were commissioned by Conwy Council to lead on coordinating design interventions for this new build special school.

Hinckley Parks Primary school

We worked with Holliers Walk Primary school to develop their interior scheme for the refurbishment project. The school  moved from their old site to the new location and re-named in the process.


Littleton Green Community School

We worked with pupils from Y1 - Y6 to develop concepts and in some cases make artworks for the scheme. The building design was based around the concept of a 'tree house'.

Shortlisted for RIBA 2010 awards

Leek Meadows SEN School

Ideas generated from the engagement process were used in the new build to invigorate the interior and exterior spaces. We worked with Springfield SEN, Leek High Specialist Technology school and Meadows SEN.

Oakham Primary School

We worked with Oakham Primary school to generate ideas for their new build scheme. The results of this included developing the overall colour scheme, designs for the pool area and outdoor spaces.

Forest Way SEN School

We worked with the school to develop exciting interactive features located throughout the new build. The school were instrumental in raising additional monies to fund this extensive scheme.

Winner of Outstanding New Primary School TES Awards 2009, Procon 2009

MV16 Centre

We worked closely with the school and construction team to deliver the interior scheme for the new Melton Vale Post 16 Centre. Trampoline sessions were just one example of the engagement strategies.

Chesterton Vision Centre

We developed a lively and challenging engagement programme with young people in order to deliver the interior scheme and special art features. Young people aged 14+  got involved in all aspects of the design process from choices of finishes to manifestation designs.

Birmingham BSF schemes

Cantoo was commissioned by Birmingham LEP to deliver art inputs for 8 schemes including Broadway School, Ormiston Academy, Moseley School , International School  and Four Dwellings Schools.

Kettering Buccleuch Academy

We worked with the United Learning Trust and Willmott Dixon Construction to deliver an engagement programme leading to public art commissions for their new build scheme.

Sandwell BSF schemes

Cantoo delivered the public art strategy and engagement workshops with both the sample schemes and 4 subsequent new build  schemes for the Sandwell LEP.

Public Realm

AIR scheme

We were commissioned in 1996 to undertake a Lottery funded two year public art residency on Castle Vale Estate working with the Housing Action Trust. The resulting Artist in Residence (A.I.R.) Scheme was developed by Tim Tolkien as our lead artist on the estate.

Bilston Bus Station

Commissioned by Centro; the Bilston Beacon concept was developed to accentuate the modernist functional  architecture of the bus station and provide a striking local landmark. Bilston bus terminus is located along the Black Country route.

Lea Hall Station scheme

We were commissioned by Centro to develop designs for the refurbishment of the booking office and general environment of Lea Hall Station. The station design was nationally awarded for its impact in the reduction in vandalism and contribution to high satisfaction user surveys.

Redditch Pedestrian scheme

Commissioned by the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and Redditch Borough Council. We worked with local schools and town users to develop stunning giant stainless steel needles and a feature paving pedestrian scheme.

Sentinel Spitfire sculpture

Commissioned by the Heartlands Trust in 1998, the magnificent spitfire sculpture is one of the largest pieces of public art in Birmingham. It is situated adjacent to the Castle Vale estate which we worked on for a number of years as part of the regeneration programme.

Ladywood Route 8 scheme

The Route 8 Bus Information sculptures were commissioned by Centro to create landmarks along important bus routes within Birmingham City. Cantoo produced two sculptures based on the colourful local history of the area.

Thinktank Fee-ly wall commission

We worked with Thinktank to design and build an exciting tactile wall installation as part of the Eastside Park development.


The installation uses a variety of materials to excite and engage young visitors to the museum.

Consultation/ Curatorial and Event projects

Staffordshire Primary BSF consultation

We worked with Staffordshire County Council to deliver the initial Primary school BSF pupil engagement workshops at the National Memorial Arboretum. Over 20 Primary schools, 300 children took part.

Living Proof Exhibition

We were commissioned to design and curate an exhibition at Gas Hall Gallery BM&AG on behalf of the Ikon Gallery, Barber Institute, MAC and BMAG. The show ran for three months and included an interactive web site to extend the visitor experience.

Aston Maps Project

We worked with 3 primary and 1 High school to explore their responses to the built environment and developed an online interactive game.

Loop Project

We worked with local primary schools to investigate the historic Icknield Port canal loop and produced a giant stainless steel viewfinder that was toured around the area.