University of Southampton – Centenary Building – Creating exceptional teaching & learning spaces


The University of Southampton’s new Centenary Building was developed to provide students with state of the art facilities to enhance their learning.

As part of this project, we were approached by AV Professional Specialist John Lilley to provide ‘lecturer benches’ for several new spaces including a large 250-seat theatre and several smaller rooms.

Having had a long working relationship with TOP-TEC, John was confident that we were the right supplier for this project and that we could effectively collaborate with the projects chosen integrator proAV to achieve the functionality of a lecture bench that lends to the high end finish to the rooms.

Key Project Criteria

  • Create spaces that could deliver exceptional teaching and learning experiences.

  • Provide lecturer stations that could fully integrate all of the specified AV equipment.

  • Lecterns must be height adjustable to enable Equality Act compliance within each space.

  • Incorporate the University’s brand identity into each space to help give a good first impression.

Our Solution

Having outlined the University’s project objectives, TOP-TEC supplied a series of height adjustable Gemini lecterns configured to their exact requirements.

Blending Technology & furniture
Improving and streamlining the integration / installation process. Internal cable management creates an ‘all-in-one’ solution.

– Dual 24” monitors
– Wolfvision visualiser + inlay panel
– Customised worktop layout
– Space for on board PC
– Microphone

Easy rack & equipment access
Removable 14U rack and front & rear door access.

Equality Act compliance
Fully electrically height adjustable worktop.

Brand enforcement
Illuminated branding  & white metal / worktop finish

The Result

The University are delighted with the installation and appreciated how TOP-TEC were able to facilitate the seamless integration of their specified AV equipment, creating simple ‘all-in-one’ workstations for the lecturers to use.

The lecterns have been very well received and provide focal points, enhanced by the illuminated branding, that meet the high standard set for these new exceptional learning spaces.


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