University of Greenwich – Collaborative Learning Spaces

The Brief

There were ten group study rooms in the Stockwell Street Building situated at the Greenwich Campus which were purpose built rooms designed for collaborative work between students only. Each room was fully enclosed and included a LED screen, PC, Laptop connection, AMX control pad and a web camera for lecture capture.

Due the to screens already set up in place, an enclosure was required to avoid cables being changed, preventing the system to perform properly and to reduce the overall service desk support calls. The University opted for a wooden enclosure which was designed by the furniture manufacturer who worked on the Stockwell Street building. The enclosures were great aesthetically, however because they were made out of wood they would damage over time.

The third floor in the Mary Seacole building had undertaken installation work throughout the summer, which included three classrooms and four group study rooms, each required enclosures for all the equipment that was durable, secure and fit with the aesthetic of the entire building.

University of Greenwich had previously collaborated with TOP-TEC on several other projects which required a solution specifically tailored to their requirements that fulfilled key criteria. University of Greenwich wanted to engage with a trusted furniture solution provider that could create a bespoke solution.

The Solution

During a visit to the Integrated System Europe (ISE) exhibition in Amsterdam last year, the University were very impressed with TOP-TEC’s Digital Signage Stand and thought this could be the solution they require.

After several discussions and design tweaks, the University specified bespoke Digital Signage Stands (DS Stand) that features an integrated screen, internally housed PC and cable management system. It also was designed to incorporate an integrated camera at the top of the stands for lecture capture and soft conferencing, which has become part of the University’s standard furniture in other collaborative areas.

The DS Stand provided the perfect solution for keeping equipment secure as it is all housed effectively within the stand. Each group study room now is easy and quick to set-up and allow students to collaborative effectively, without having to worry about tampering with cables. The University is delighted with the result.

Key Features of DS Stand:

  • Elegant effective housing solution for screens, PC and other technology
  • Integrates camera to capture lectures and group discussions
  • Encourages collaborative working and learning
  • Tamper proof and secure, all equipment is kept within the unit
  • Can be used in a variety of situations, in classrooms, meeting spaces, in public areas or as internal information points