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.
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.
"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
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.
Ok, so not technically a case study but this white paper (produced by our 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.
"First impressions count and our TOP-TEC desk is an impressive welcoming statement to our visitors. Professional, modern, stylish and welcoming is how we like to be described and this is exactly the description of our new desk too. Furthermore, TOP-TEC were a pleasure to work with and have provided a quality product for excellent value" Mark Hodges - Practice Director
Pharmacy undergraduates utilise a suite of 18 Synergy Tables, supplied by TOP-TEC, that advance team-based learning skills. The School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford has created a learning environment that optimises the use of their new active learning strategy. Pharmacy students work together in teams to apply new course material, discussing and debating issues with their peers in order to solve challenging problems.
"Stockton Sixth Form College introduced this multi-purpose classroom to compliment its existing computer provision. TOP-TEC were a perfect partner to plan, make and install the desking, the support and service has been top class." Allan Lowson - ICT Technician
"At Teesside we have TOP-TEC lecterns or desks in all of our teaching rooms. For a new campus at Darlington we used the single voyagers, they look great, the integrators and my teckies like to work on them and I'm sure they will survive a few upgrades of AV kit while still looking good."
Paul Wilson, Senior IT Manager