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Client:

University of Plymouth

Location:

Marine Building

Project:

Supply of furniture to the new Marine Building

Project Value:

£320,000

The new Marine Building will position the University of Plymouth as a global centre for research, innovation and enterprise in the marine and maritime sectors.

The £19million building will house unmatched wave tank testing facilities in the Coastal Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratories. a Marine Navigation Centre complete with state-of-the-art ship simulator and electronic chart technology, a Marine Innovation centre for international businesses and headquarters of the multidisciplinary Marine Institute.

Within its walls they will create waves more than one metre high, exchange knowledge for business innovation and growth, create renewable energy solutions and help the world adapt to climate change.

Broadstock were invited to put forward a furniture proposal that would provide the University with a very practical workspace but also have a modern and open feel to it. Academics and staff that had previously been used to their own office areas would now be moving into large open plan spaces to encourage and boost interaction so it was very important that this presented a pleasing and comfortable environment in which to work.

Each of the five levels of the building required different types of furniture in order to meet the individual and unique demands from each department but the design of the building meant that it is possible to see more than one floor at a time through the system of internal voids. The challenge was then to create a style that would blend seamlessly from floor to floor and bind the whole building together. Through close consultation with the University and Burwell Deakins Architects this was achieved using a combination of fabrics and finishes that perfectly reflected the maritime theme throughout.

Broadstock has supplied and installed a combination of standard and bespoke desking together with storage from our own in-house manufactured ranges. In addition, seating was sourced from Orangebox and Connection Seating, meeting tables from Ocee Design and two bespoke reception desks were manufactured by Martina Furniture.

"The new Marine Building will position the University of Plymouth as a global centre for research, innovation and enterprise in the marine and maritime sectors."