Pushing educational boundaries for University of Warwick
These fit out and refurbishment projects for the University of Warwick provide learning environments that are second to none; with new lecture theatres, libraries and state-of-the-art engineering facilities.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Through a new framework agreement, we refurbished eight lecture theatres and an M&E and plant room in the Faculty of Social Sciences buildings. The project was the first to be delivered under this framework, which is set to re-develop the Russel Group University’s existing estate into a ‘campus of the future’ to provide world-class facilities for students and staff.
We designed and delivered new lecture theatres with communal bench-style seating to promote collaboration. Modern angular lighting was installed to complement the seating design, and colour-coordinated seating to give each lecture theatre its own sense of personality.
The communal seating allows students to collaborate during tutorial sessions, and also provides more working space for note taking during lectures. The curved 'U' design of each pod increases seating capacity during busy sessions while providing additional comfort and personal space for quieter lessons. The pods are equipped with both AC and USB charging to keep students powered-up throughout the day.
School of Engineering
The University of Warwick wanted to repurpose their existing classrooms, laboratories and circulation spaces into high-spec engineering laboratories with additional social spaces and lecture theatres.
We were able to reclaim additional floor space for the laboratories by incorporating external and largely underused balcony space and turning this into a new social space, drenched in light with colourful panel walling.
The spaces were designed to reflect the cutting-edge nature of the student's work with a colour scheme that reflected the University's branding. Polished concrete floors were installed to create a link with the heavy engineering carried out in the adjacent buildings.
The works were undertaken while the rest of the building remained occupied, so timing for noisy, structural and services-related work was carefully timed to ensure that the occupants were never disrupted.
Our first project in Senate House was a five-phase refurbishment. This included providing a number of offices for academic departments, air-handling plant, re-roofing, bespoke joinery and scene-set lighting.
Secondly, in the University’s Ramphal Building, our refurbishment brief was to provide more open spaces and natural light, while also adding AV equipment, video conferencing and M&E facilities. Now the teaching rooms can be converted from exam conditions to being totally open, thanks to new, inventive, easy-to-use partitioning.