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Movable partition specialists Style have been commissioned by Birmingham University to create a very different kind of divide

Posted by Charley Rogers | March 31, 2017 | Interiors

In an ingenious adaptation, an IT training room at Birmingham University features an SWG moveable wall system from Style, that has been installed with the sole purpose of providing an occasional white board.  “The room benefits from ample natural light thanks to a wall-length window at the front, and the University didn’t want to lose this,” explains Mike Fine, the director for Style in the midlands.  “However, they did need to find space for a white board.” By installing a very simple moveable wall system, Style helped cater for the changing teaching requirements each day.

Devoted to the teaching of postgraduate courses, the Alan Walters Building opened at Birmingham University’s Edgbaston campus in September 2016.  Providing a truly exceptional experience for future generations of postgraduate business students, the £10m development includes a Harvard-style lecture theatre as well as communal areas for studying and group work.  The IT room is used to teach the complexities of financial trading. 

Seeing this wall in place, we would definitely encourage other universities, colleges and schools to consider something similar. 

“This is an unusual variation to our core business,” confirms Fine.  “Normally our walls divide a room into separate areas, however on this occasion the objective was quite different.”  When opened, the partitioning panels runs the full length of the windows and, being finished in a wipe- clean surface, can be used just as a traditional white board would be.  

To complement the modern interior design of the room, a ‘pure white’ moveable wall was deemed too stark, and so a blend of two different tones of brown create a more suitable effect.  Only the middle section is a writable board where the lecturer can write notes, draw diagrams and communicate with the students.

 “Seeing this wall in place, we would definitely encourage other universities, colleges and schools to consider something similar,” says Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.  “This is a really great solution that adapts a folding wall for a very different use.”

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