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Blending Style with Function

Southampton Solent University (SSU) is a dynamic and distinctive new University dedicated to academic excellence, social justice and the integration of theory and practice. ‘Real world’ experience is built into an exciting range of innovative courses in business, technology, art and design, media production, maritime, the creative industries and sport.
SSU aims to provide exciting, inclusive and flexible Higher Education which prepares students to succeed in a fast-changing competitive world and also meets the needs of employers. The SSU Estates and Facilities service provides and maintains buildings in which students study and live and where staff work and collaborate. The buildings also provide a safe, pleasant and aesthetically pleasing environment worthy of a modern University and which support the University’s core teaching and learning objectives.

It was the need to be aesthetically pleasing, distinctive and innovative that led SSU to choose JM Supplies for the refurbishment in the Reginald Mitchell building in the summer of 2012.

“When we saw the graphic wrap on the Alpha Presenter, it looked fantastic. It was like nothing we had ever seen before and we knew instantly that it would provide the WOW factor for students and staff that we were looking for.” Ian Taylor, Classroom Technology Support Analyst

The Estates department at SSU was planning to improve the classrooms in the Reginald Mitchell building. Working closely with the University’s Interior Space Designer the brief was clear: the colour scheme should complement corporate branding and the furniture should not only be fit-for-purpose but should express SSU’s individuality and distinctiveness. In essence, the success of project would be judged on the delivery of an exciting look and feel.
JM Supplies worked closely with SSU staff including Ian Taylor, Classroom Technology Support Analyst and Libby Upson, Interior Space Designer, the Estates team and also the Audio Visual Integrator responsible for the installation of the new Audio Visual System. The brief included a requirement for a lectern with a difference – it needed to be affordable, built to a specific width and configured to promote corporate branding and use by a wheelchair user. JM Supplies found that an SSU branded presenter from the ‘Alpha’ range would be a great fit for the requirements of the brief.
Although the Alpha Presenters were not DDA-compliant or height adjustable, JM and the SSU team worked closely to modify the product. The modifications meant that not only did the University get a product that looked good and was fit-for-purpose, it also got a product that had been specifically designed to meet the needs of the new refurbishment, the interior space design department and the disabled member of staff.
JM Supplies negotiated a three-week reduction in manufacturing timescales in order to meet the deadline. From receipt of the purchase order it was all systems go at JM Supplies.

JM Supplies negotiated a three-week reduction in manufacturing timescales in order to meet the deadline. From receipt of the purchase order it was all systems go at JM Supplies.

JM Supplies worked with the Audio Visual Integrator responsible for the installation of the new Audio Visual System to make sure that the project went smoothly. They tested a number of approaches so that there were no hitches: the Alpha Presenters were racked up and tested prior to installation, for example, ensuring a seamless installation and no additional storage headache for Ian and his team.
The SSU teams were extremely proud of this refurbishment project and decided to generate feedback from students and staff to find out if they felt the same… here is some of the feedback for you to read for yourself:

“The new room layouts create a new dynamic in these rooms, reducing the barrier between the tutor and the students. The new lecterns have a much more professional appearance compared to what we had before. There is more space to place other teaching aids….” Timothy Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Business Analysis

“The rooms are a huge improvement – much better for teaching in general. They also seem much fresher and easy to be in.” Debbie Moores, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication
“The students seem to be happy with the new furniture, and I think the lectern looks very professional. Two projectors are excellent for bigger classrooms, but I especially like the fact that I am able to display two different things at the same time, eg PowerPoint and a textbook on the DocCam.”Dr Barend Schutte, Associate Lecturer in Languages
Need we say more?
To discuss in more detail how JM Supplies can help you put AV furniture at the heart of your learning space design please contact us on the details below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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