South-Central Institute of Technology / MK College -Creating an Innovative Learning Hub

The goal of the South-Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT), in partnership with MK College, is to transform education by establishing learning environments that adhere to contemporary teaching methods and cater to the requirements of various industries.

This exciting project involved a new building at Bletchley Campus in Milton Keynes with the aim of providing opportunities for education and training in crucial tech skills, meeting the needs of businesses and inspiring digital futures.

The institute wanted to make one of the rooms in the new building into a dynamic collaborative learning space, designed to promote teamwork and enhance student engagement. To achieve this vision, TOP-TEC collaborated with Roche AV to help bring SCIoT’s innovative learning environment to life.

Key Project Criteria for the SCIoT Project:

Blending physical and digital environments.

Integrated learning and collaboration.

Agile and adaptable spaces.

Project Brief for TOP-TEC:

Facilitate, secure, and integrate the preselected AV’s AV/ICT equipment.

Incorporate SCIoT branding within the new space.

Decision Process

Following several project meetings between TOP-TEC, Roche AV and SCIoT, we decided our Synergy collaborative tables would be the best solutions for the new learning environment. SCIoT appreciated how Synergy would help support their goal of integrating learning and collaboration into the new spaces.

To help maximise the space within the room, TOP-TEC worked with Roche AV and SCIoT to develop 2D room layouts featuring the Synergy Plectrum and Synergy Quad, helping provide a working space for up to 30 students. Once we had decided on a dedicated layout, several 3D room renders where then supplied to help SCIoT fully visualise what the new space would look like.

The Plectrum and Quad worktop shapes were divided as both promote collaboration between students, whilst using the screen as secondary aid for group work.

SCIoT were keen on implementing their brand throughout the new campus space and discussed how we could work together to achieve this. Liaising with the chosen architects, we were able to provide some 3D renders of how each product would look incorporating SCIoT’s orange and black colourways.



How Did We Help?

  •  Blending Physical and Digital Environments

Our Synergy tables feature a screen the end of the table that can facilitate video conferencing, online and blended learning, enabling students to work online alongside students physically seated at the table and give lectures a choice of how to teach the class.

  • Integrated learning and collaboration

Our Synergy tables are specifically designed to enhance student communication and teamwork, ideal for collaborative learning spaces such as this one. Additionally, when the screen is not used for hybrid group work or casting content, the plectrum and quad worktop shapes naturally point towards the front of the room so that the lecturer can undergo traditional classroom teaching if required on the day, giving tutors the tools to teach however the like.

  • Facilitate, secure, and integrate the preselected AV/ICT equipment

Our Synergy range is designed to seamlessly integrate AV and IT creating an easy to use all-in-one solution. Internal cable management, worktop power options, secure PC cages and screen mounts result in a fully integrated solution for better student collaboration and engagement.

TOP-TEC were able to collaborate with Roche AV to take all of the recommended AV equipment and integrate it into our Synergy tables and Rubi AV lectern.


  • Mast HDMI connectivity for BYOD purposes to share content on screen
  • Worktop power to help students charge devices for longer seminars


  • Control panel housing for easy worktop connectivity (2x HDMI + control panel).
  • Lectures can quickly connect their laptop and case content to each screen saving time at the start of lessons.
  • Ergonomic monitor arm can be moved to the ideal viewing position for each individual lecturer.
  • 16U (horizontal/350mmD) | 5U (vertical 500mmD) rack space.
  • 4Us open for secure access to AV to reduce the change of cable tampering.

The Result

Since the launch of the brand new building, SCIoT is now home to over 1000+ learners within the campus space. TOP-TEC have received some great feedback from lecturers and students who have been using the room for a variety of courses.

The colourways really give the wow factor when you walk into the room and it gives students a professional space for education and training in crucial tech skills, meeting the needs of businesses and inspiring digital futures. SCIoT were happy with how we were able to provide solutions that helped support their overall goal of providing blending physical and digital environments into the brand new building.

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“We are absolutely delighted with the solution provided for our Agile Learning space. The TOP-TEC AV furniture not only looks fantastic but gives teachers and students a brilliant environment for collaboration!”

Lynette Potgieter
Milton Keynes College