TOP-TEC were recently tasked with creating bespoke lectern solutions for a series of engineering laboratories as part of their brand-new flagship Luton Campus project. The University required mobile and height adjustable teaching stations that could be adjusted to suit the individual teacher's needs. Each unit also needed to incorporate Trespa worktops for use in the labs and worktop handles, smooth castors and an effective cable management system.
The University wanted to transform an empty unused corridor space into a more productive learning environment. Any furniture installation must be able to effectively integrate AV/IT equipment, encourage collaboration between users and provide a base for quick impromptu discussions for project and group work.
As part of a £9 million refurbishment project, the University of Hull renovated an unused external terrace space into a walkway between Middleton Hall and the Larkin Building. Working with Westray Keith Phelps Architects, TOP-TEC were required to create an inspirational space that would appeal to students and provide them with and agile space to work and collaborate. The furniture solutions would need to adhere to the architect's predetermined colour scheme, maximise the use out of the narrow corridor area and accommodate obstructing pillars through the new learning space.
TOP-TEC developed a range of technical furniture solutions for a series of learning and IT labs in the newly refurbished Drysdale Building at City, University of London. The overall objective was to update and enhance the University's IT facilities and increase the number of open access PC workstations available for 300 students. TOP-TEC developed a range of custom desking solutions specific to the University's requirements, that offered students complete flexibility and maximised the use of space throughout the building.
The Urban Sciences Building (USB) is one of three new buildings at Newcastle University and is part of their new flagship development. The project team at USB were tasked with creating flexible teaching spaces that could be used for ICT and non-ICT related tasks. The space would need to accommodate up to 312 students over three large rooms and also be Equality Act Compliant.
TOP-TEC recently collaborated with EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation on the development of its second training site- the Technology Hub. The Hub is part of the £5 million investment into the centre, aims to increase the number of apprentices it trains from 250 to over 400 a year.
The vision for QMUL was to maximise the use of furniture and technology to deliver a state of the art laboratory experience that was focused on collaboration, communications, connectivity and real-time data collection for individuals, group and class active learning.
SGUK required furniture solutions for a reception entrance, a workplace office, four meeting spaces and three training rooms. TOP-TEC were given the challenge to meet corporate branding, style, ergonomics and company dynamics to create an aspirational professional working environment.
The Active Learning Studio at the University of the West of Scotland is an inspirational environment blending people, space and technology to foster deeper learning through developing problem solving, communication, and critical thinking skills.
Kirklees College recently completed a new build programme at the Waterfront Quarter, a high quality commercial development close to the centre of Huddersfield. The college’s Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) team led by Richard Brook had recognised the challenge of ensuring classroom technology remains positioned and installed in a way which ensures the most effective management of the classroom environment.
"The desk is much better quality and value than other versions we've seen and it can also be custom made to suit the classroom. Lessons can now reach their full potential - the converting tables mean we can quickly switch from one activity to the next. We are also very pleased to have supported a Birmingham firm." Phil Watts - Director of ICT
Ok, so not technically a case study but this white paper (produced by Learning Spaces Specialist, Duncan Peberdy) gives an insight into some of TOP-TEC's pioneering work in the education market. Read about how the growing demand for student-centred learning environments is changing learning and teaching for the better, as organisations move beyond traditional lecture theatres to spaces that support active learning pedagogies with a focus on teamwork, problem solving and collaboration between students.