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Manchester University

We have recently completed a programme of refurbishments at Manchester University. We have installed furniture in 3 buildings across campus – Roscoe Building, Sackville Street Building, and the Alan Turing Building.

Alan Turing Building 

The Project

The Alan Turing Building houses Manchester University’s School of Mathematics. The two wings of the building are joined in the centre by a spacious atrium, which houses a large breakout area for students on the first floor. The university wanted to refurbish this breakout area, to refresh and brighten the space.
 
Our Solution
We worked with the University to design a layout which would create a more collaborative space for the students. The introduction of curved Spark sofas created a space where students could talk together, with loose Geo units allowing for the introduction of more seats where necessary. Pairs of 3 seater sofas along the edge of the breakout area create a section which is more conducive to group work and discussion. The sofas were upholstered in Camira’s Halcyon waterproof fabric; ensuring they will remain clean and looking new.

Project Overview

Contract Value

£25,000

Fit-out duration
1 day

Furniture Supplied
Soft seating, coffee tables
 

Sackville Street Building 

The Project 

The Sackville Street Building hosts conference and presentation facilities, as well as teaching space. We were contracted to refurbish the teaching rooms in the building, as part of an ongoing upgrade of teaching areas across the University.

Our Solution
The University specified that both the tables and the chairs in the classrooms must be robust and hardwearing, to ensure longevity. We installed Nimbus study chairs with perforated plastic backs; a very popular chair in education environments due to its sturdiness and functionality. The chairs are stackable, allowing users to easily create more space if needed. The classroom tables were installed with laminate tops which, as well as being easy to clean and non-porous, are more resilient to the heavy daily usage found in an education environment.

Project Overview 

Contract Value

£15,000

Fit-out duration
1 day

Furniture Supplied
Tables, classroom chairs
 

Roscoe Building Breakout Area 

The Project 

The Roscoe Building is a large lecture and conference building, regularly used by external visitors. The University decided to refurbish the ground floor reception and breakout area, in order to improve the first impression given to visitors and make more use of the space available. The traditionally dark space was given a new lease of life using brighter lights, integrated technology and an eye-catching colour scheme.

Our Solution
The University wanted to maximise use of the reception space, introducing open and welcoming soft seating in the waiting area and a combination of tables, benches and booth seating solutions to create spaces where visitors to the building could work and collaborate in semi-privacy. The colour selections for the furniture reflected those of the main colour scheme – white, yellow, grey and black – with an emphasis on light colours to lift the area and increase the spacious effect. A row of bespoke Spark-Hi booths were installed to fit neatly inside the prominent pillars which create a focal point in the reception area.

Project Overview

Contract Value

£20,000

Fit-out duration
1 day

Furniture Supplied
Soft seating, tables, benches, booths
 

Roscoe Building Lecture Theatres 

The Project 

The Roscoe Building houses 2 of the largest lecture theatres on the University of Manchester Campus, with combined seating for 650 students. After many years of use, the seating and writing pallets in these theatres - although still perfectly functional - were showing signs of wear and tear. Aware of our refurbishment service; the University asked us to take the existing writing pallets and seat pads and backs and make them look like new.

Our Solution
Godfrey Syrett offer a re-upholstery service for products which are showing the effects of heavy or excessive use. We uninstalled the lecture theatre seats (650 in total) and returned them to our site to re-upholster. We replaced the foam and upholstered the seats with Camira’s 24/7 fabric. We also supplied new writing pallets to go with the seats, topped with hardwearing laminate. This project was particularly challenging as the pallets were different sizes and angled, however we managed to complete the project first time, and to deadline. Our customer was very pleased with the result.

Project Overview 
 
Contract Value
£75,000
 
Fit-out duration
2 weeks
 
Furniture Supplied
Refurbished lecture theatre seats