University Prioritises Space Adaptability

Working with a number of different architects and contractors, Style delivered flexible space solutions in the business school, nursing hub and performing arts centre located in a multi-million-pound development at the University of Gloucestershire.

Contemporary Dorma Hüppe moveable wall systems allow lecturers and teaching staff to utilise open plan areas for larger classes, seminars and performances or alternatively, they can quickly divide the space to allow smaller sessions to run simultaneously and undisturbed.

Style has also provided the University with a comprehensive annual service and maintenance contract that covers all the partitioning walls.  This protects their investment with regular service checks and routine maintenance helping to deliver years of trouble-free operation in a very busy student environment, as well as safeguarding the walls’ acoustic integrity.

With demand for student places continuing to rise, the University of Gloucestershire has aimed to create flexible space wherever possible, allowing the most efficient use of the facilities available at all times. 

The final arrangements for the University of Gloucestershire consists of three Dorma Hüppe Variflex moveable wall systems.  Both the sliding wall in the nursing hub and the one in the performing arts centre feature semi-automatic operation, delivering 55dB Rw acoustic privacy between divided areas.  The manual Variflex wall in the business hub achieves a 53dB Rw acoustic rating and has a writable white board finish for increased functionality.

Each wall serves a slightly different purpose, yet they all benefit from exceptional acoustics, ease of operation and effective finishes that complement the interior design of the rooms. 

“It was a real pleasure working with the various architects and contractors on this project,” said Julian Sargent, Style’s group managing director.

“A major advantage to the University is that by choosing us as their sole moveable wall provider, we can take a holistic approach and find solutions that work across the entire campus, rather than looking at each room in isolation”.

Style worked with Architect Austin-Smith and contractor Wilmott Dixon on the Business and Growth Hub, Integrated Architecture and contractor Barnwood General Works on the Nursing Hub and Heath Avery Architects and contractor E W Beard Limited on the Performing Arts Centre. 

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