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Creating collaborative study spaces

In 2015 Napier University's 500-seat technology resource centre, Jack Kilby Centre was refurbished with the help of Godfrey Syrett

Posted by Hannah Oakman | December 11, 2016 | Facilities management

Having initially opened in 2001, Edinburgh Napier University wanted to revitalise the Jack Kilby Centre, injecting colour to lift the surroundings and create a more engaging area for students. 

Additionally, they identified a need for more social spaces within the centre; which would facilitate collaborative working for groups, alongside the individual working areas they already offered.

Godfrey Syrett were delighted to offer furniture solutions for the refurbishment totalling a value of £80,000. Having taken the client’s brief and spent time with them to understand their requirements, Godfrey Syrett presented a variety of collaborative working solutions to the University. 

Integrated computer tables created collaborative spaces, which could be instantly converted into technology areas. A combination of booths created a variety of breakout and group working areas; ranging from open options like the Fifteen booth, to more private options like Spark, which allows for greater concentration.

Providing our students with both group work and personal study space facilities was a key objective and we also wanted to lift the area with an injection of colour 

Electric sockets integrated into all collaborative working areas meant that students could remain connected throughout.

“Providing our students with both group work and personal study space facilities was a key objective and we also wanted to lift the area with an injection of colour,” said Sally Jorjani, Head of Customer Service and Business Change, Edinburgh Napier University.

“The solutions put forward by Godfrey Syrett fitted those needs perfectly. The booths provide flexibility giving our students the options of personal study space and the ability to work in groups.

“The service we received was professional throughout; and the team were always on hand to respond to any queries. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Godfrey Syrett to other universities.” 

W: www.godfreysyrett.co.uk 

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