Nottingham Trent University is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. Over 28,000 students study across three campuses and it has an outstanding reputation for graduate employability.
At the university’s new teaching block and pavilion, flexible space is a key criteria. Working with Evans Vettori Architects and contractor, GF Tomlinson, Style was appointed to deliver flexible room configurations that were practical and easy to operate.
Across two separate buildings, a combination of DORMA Moveo Comfordrive and DORMA Variflex was agreed.
In the teaching block, the fully automatic Moveo Comfortdrive enabled lecturers to divide the teaching space, or open it up into one large classroom, with the simple push of a button. By implementing a fully automatic solution was important for time saving and efficiency as it removed the need for facilities staff to be called in each time a wall needed opening or closing. Instead, lecturers could just push a button to quickly modify the space depending on the requirements of their next class.
In the pavilion, where an automated system was less of a priority, DORMA Variflex was chosen. This is an excellent partitioning wall system which is ideal for a busy student environment because the panels are manufactured separate to the frame. This means they can be changed with ease, and at less cost, if they are damaged or the room design alters.
“This installation at Nottingham Trent University was practical, functional, stylish and essential to how the room space is used on a daily basis,” said Mike Fine, Style’s director for the Midlands.
“With an acoustic rating of 55dB Rw, concurrent lectures can be conducted in privacy either side of a closed wall, and we installed a magnetic whiteboard finish to enable lecturers and students to write on the moveable walls during classes.”