University of Strathclyde’s Learning and
Teaching Hub’s moveable walls
Strathclyde University’s £60 million Learning & Teaching Building is a collective space for all students and staff, comprising a variety of first-class learning and teaching facilities.
Built with a sharp focus on sustainability, the Learning & Teaching Building was created through the refurbishment and integration of two existing buildings – the Colville Building and the Category B-listed Architecture Building.
Working with architects, BDP Glasgow Studio and main contractor, Balfour Beatty, Style was specified to create flexible space in both the auditorium and one of the main classrooms.
In the tiered auditorium, a Skyfold Zenith stepped moveable wall was the ideal solution. Offering an outstanding 59dB acoustic rating, and descending from the ceiling at the push of a button, the vertically rising moveable wall is the perfect solution when dividing space in large lecture theatres.
It also offers a unique ‘thin path of travel’ which means it can descend into tight spaces; in this case the narrow gap between the seating.
In the main classroom, a Dorma Huppe Variflex moveable wall offered a 56dB acoustic rating and its semi-automatic operation means the acoustic seals are applied to the correct pressure to maximise the effectiveness of this operable wall.
“We were delighted to have been specified for this iconic building,” said David Louden, Style’s director for Scotland,“particularly as we also previously installed a Skyfold at the University of Glasgow as well, which means we have been the chosen provider for both of the city’s Universities.
“It reinforces our position as the market-leading moveable, partition and folding wall specialist in Scotland, and across the whole of the UK.
“The Skyfold looks fabulous in situ, with clean, white panels and is a real showcase for the University, and the classic laminate white finish on the Variflex complements the styling of the main classroom perfectly."
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