15th January 2015, 15:02pmSituated in a prime location at the heart of the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus, the newly installed Amenities Building ‘The Barn’ has now been completed. The project deliverables include providing furniture for a dining hall, bar, common room, graduate centre, faith room and student services.
A key concept for the campus redevelopment is improved legibility through the creation of a central pedestrianised area known as the Boulevard. The area surrounding this route was previously fragmented by car parking and movement along it obstructed by two buildings – the Rushcliffe Restaurant and the Students’ Union. These structures and the original Amenities Building were demolished and replaced by the new building, which amalgamates all the facilities under one roof.
The dining hall is perhaps the most dramatic space within the building, and has the capacity to serve up to 500 campus residents per sitting. The generously proportioned, light-filled double-height room offers a contemporary interpretation of the Medieval Great Hall. As an important focal point where all campus residents can meet and socialise, we worked closely with the architects to provide a range of stylish and practical furniture solutions that complement the aesthetic of the building.
One of our strengths is the ability to fully understand and get involved in the early stages of a project – developing visuals, space plans and product designs, and working in conjunction with a team of architects, structural engineers, cabling contractors, disabled access consultants and experts from a range of other disciplines. Overall, we played a key role in realising the project’s central vision of providing the University with a truly world-class building.
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