Demco Interiors was contracted to consult on the overall design, based on a two year phased programme, and to supply shelving and some of the furnishings.
The brief, working closely with the architect, was to create a “vibrant, alive, jolly” interactive space with small group study areas centred in booths and semi casual soft furnishings that could be used for relaxed study.
With a large amount of stock to accommodate, shelving takes up a large part of the available space, but with careful space planning and Demco’s finely engineered Mode shelving, the area has an open, airy feel with clear sightlines and easy navigation around the floor.
Definitely a study floor not a leisure floor
Demco designer Steve Beasant specified the design for the very popular study booth seating and also the high backed semi-formal sofas, upholstered in the pure wool, eco friendly, blue and grey Blazer fabric.
Anna O’Neill, Director of Learning and Information Services, explained: “We wanted to include some element of casual seating in the area but were wary of traditional low level sofas where students could sit and chatter. It was important to keep the quiet study theme so Steve showed us designs for the high backed sofas which give students relaxed seating but in a study context.”
Students love the bookable study booths. Students Katy and Sophie said: “The booths are great especially when you are working on a presentation. A lot of the courses at this University are presentation based so we are doing a lot of these. It’s good because you need to be able to talk to the people you are working with and the tables give you plenty of room to spread out with your laptops, presentation materials etc and you can link up to the large screens. The booths are very popular.”