Southampton Solent University is a vibrant, modern place of learning with ambitious aims. As an applied University, its focus is on becoming the leading skills provider in the region. Award winning architects, Scott Brownrigg had been commissioned to create a pioneering concept for its new teaching and learning space. Its innovative design was The Spark. The Spark embodies the University’s vision in its iconic design and use of space.
Broadstock used its knowledge and expertise to guide the project steering group to maximise opportunities for the University. It was vital that the space design within each classroom supported both didactic and collaborative teaching and learning. Broadstock was able to share the results of several trials, including the Broadstock Agile Lab at Coventry University, together with the outcomes of mock classroom trials at Solent, to give clear direction to it’s thinking.
Led by Broadstock, the University carried out a collaborative consultation on future learning strategy. Its expertise in higher education, coupled with its progressive approach to teaching and learning, enabled Broadstock to put forward bold suggestions, concepts that pushed the boundaries of building design and use of space to help the University realise its ambitions.
David Corless, Director of Estates & Facilities
Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg
It was essential that the furniture selection supported the functions of all the facilities within The Spark. Broadstock’s wealth of experience in educational settings and its ability to design and manufacture bespoke furniture delivered an innovative solution meeting the clients brief. Coupled with its capacity to source products from multiple manufacturers and its use of a single point of contact through a dedicated project manager was fundamental for the success of the project.
Marc Goodman, Business Development Manager, Conference Centre
With its passion for perfecting spaces, no detail was overlooked. Broadstock provided power and charger sockets in the social space for students’ phones and laptops. Premium finishes like leather and Zebrano were recommended for the chairs and tables in the conference room. Desks were matched to different types of teaching rooms using colour-coded legs and different chair heights were selected for The Spark’s Pod to create a theatre effect.
As the University conducts examination assessments, Broadstock recommended furniture that could be moved to accommodate both collaborative learning and exam set ups. The centrepiece for the whole project was the atrium, therefore the seating in this area was also a key consideration. Broadstock hosted visits to supplier showrooms in London to enable the clients to touch and lift the furniture for themselves, which was more effective than simply choosing from a brochure.
Osama Khan, Director , Learning and Teaching
Broadstock’s installation in The Spark was not an end result – it was the start of an exciting journey for the academics and students that was part of this incredible learning environment. To ensure the investment is fully evaluated Broadstock collaborated with the University to assess the impact of the new space designs and furniture, as well as undertaking its own post-occupancy research to help Broadstock inform future projects.
Steve Carter, Chief Financial Officer