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University of Cambridge

After being awarded a place on the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) Framework, Flexiform recently completed a major furniture installation for the University of Cambridge. Working with a specific design scheme, we supplied a wide range of furniture that met the design specification, the overall aim of the space, and the needs of the target audience, bringing the scheme to life.

The procurement, supply, and installation were managed by our education team including Dan Clark, Project Lead, and Jade Cartwright, Project Manager, to ensure the clients were looked after to a high standard, especially with the installation taking place in the midst of a global pandemic.

PROJECT DATA:

  • LOCATION: Cambridge.
  • PROJECT LEAD: Dan Clark.
  • PRODUCTS: Freestor personal storage lockers, collaboration tables, upholstered meeting seating, tables with on-desk electrics, reception seating, coffee tables, high back media booths, poseur height tables, stools, breakout tables and benches, task chairs, acoustic screens.
  • WORKSPACES: Write-up collaboration space, breakout space, and reception areas.
  • SERVICES: Furniture supply and installation, and BIM support.
  • COLLABORATION: Ralph and Smith, Design Consultants.

 “Building Information Modelling or better known as BIM, was a requirement for winning this tender and we had to be BIM compliant and prove that we could provide COBie data for this project”.

– Nadia Al-Chalaby, Interior Designer.

Working alongside the external designer, the focus was on providing a write-up space where students and researchers could come to after completing an experiment in the laboratories, whether to collaborate or work independently. The multi-purpose space was also to be used for admin work and breakout by students. As furniture manufacturers and suppliers, we sourced a range of furniture to achieve this goal and to compliment the design aesthetic both the University of Cambridge and the designer were aiming for.

The private and quiet areas included desking with acoustic screens to reduce visual distractions and noise. At the end of each bank or workstations, our Freestor Office Lockers were placed for added privacy, and for students to securely place their personal belongings during laboratory sessions and when away from the desk. Within collaborative areas, we installed a range of poseur height tables and stools, media booths for semi-private chats and discussions, while soft seating and lounge chairs alongside dining benches and tables made up the breakout areas. The furniture installation is a great example of collaborating with external parties and bringing a design to life, utilising our many years of experience advising on products and education environments.

By utilising the NEUPC Framework, the University of Cambridge was able to get a wealth of knowledge and expertise, ensuring we delivered maximum value from the purchase of goods and services.