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Stimulating spaces have the potential to positively influence the way students engage and interact in an education environment. This was the inspiration for the latest project between modular flooring manufacturer Interface and Kaplan International Pathways. Both organisations share the goal of using smart, creative interior design to inspire students to achieve their academic and career best. Kaplan’s 1980s building located in south-east London is home to five storeys, supporting open-plan working, including break-out areas dedicated to tutorials, group work, classroom discussions and student learning zones. The central challenge to the development was the need to connect of all of these working spaces, encouraging collaboration and engagement. This high-traffic environment required a product range which perfectly balanced attractive design with practicality and durability. Interface’s concept designer Sarah Tilbury and key account manager Stevie Ditch worked closely with Kaplan to create an interactive working space, encouraging students and staff to cross paths and engage. The team opted to use Human Connections® throughout the building to create interconnecting spaces and pathways. The range takes inspiration from squares, paths and elements of greenery we find in towns and cities, meaning it not only helps to reconnect people but also reconnects them with nature through biophilic design. Katie Leech, regional key account manager, said: “We carefully selected products from Human Connections® collection that considered nature – Sett in Stone, Moss in Stone, Moss and Paver. Adding these elements of nature into the built environment and designing inspirational and restorative places provides the perfect facility to connect students to their surroundings. The product line mimics city surfaces such as turfs, patterns, textures and grounds, using them to create interiors that function more like neighbourhoods – again encouraging cross collaboration. We also used Composure Diffuse – the pattern inspired by rock formations creates a tranquil, comfortable platform, restoring a sense of calm and focus, minimising distractions in what can sometimes be an extremely busy environment.” Nigel Jones, director of estates and construction at Kaplan, added: “We wanted to encourage a connection between our students and staff, and ensure the space was optimised for learning. We were blown away by the range of designs and products that Interface has to offer, the products were not only durable but were able to hide staining. The designers listened to the brief and worked closely with our internal teams, designing a flooring solution which met all of our requirements and challenges.”
Find out more about Interface’s Human Connections® collection at: www.interface.com/EU/en-GB/collections/human-connections [post_title] => The importance of human connections [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-importance-of-human-connections [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-09 10:32:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-09 09:32:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=blog&p=22249 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21407 [post_author] => 23 [post_date] => 2019-05-21 00:00:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-05-20 23:00:58 [post_content] => by Donna Dent, Concept Designer at Interface With the end of the academic year fast approaching, university libraries are set to see an influx of students busily revising for exams, finishing assignments and dissertations. The last thing they need is added stress from working in an unwelcome, uncomfortable environment such as a cold and uninviting library. This was front of mind when we came to refurbishing the library at my alma mater, the University of Huddersfield. At Interface we firmly believe that the environments where we learn can directly improve our productivity and overall wellbeing. We wanted to create a space which fosters both creativity and concentration, and caters to the needs of students from all departments. There’s no question that practicality and functionality are major considerations when it comes to developing spaces of this kind, but this doesn’t mean that design or the opportunity for inspiration should be compromised. Our approach provides subtle inspiration in key areas of the library, enhancing rather than overpowering its calm, organic aesthetic.
We wanted to create a space which fosters both creativity and concentration, and caters to the needs of students from all departments
We created three mood boards for the project, each showcasing a different colour scheme, then shared them with representatives from across the university’s departments. We opted to use Radial and Composure Edge, to provide the perfect foundation and then added the distinctive World Woven carpet tile ranges to bring diversity and movement to the project. World Woven pays homage to some of the world’s most loved textiles, and creates a distinctive, handcrafted feel, which contributed to the overall inviting atmosphere of the library. Given the sometimes hectic nature of learning environments, we think it’s also important that students are surrounded with uncomplicated, warm and uplifting patterns to foster a happy and engaging environment. We took further design inspiration from nature-inspired Composure which is designed with the flexibility to flow easily through large spaces, meaning it reduces distractions for students and promotes a sense of calm throughout the library. To complement this tranquil platform, we used the Composure Edge collection which links spaces together effortlessly through organic colour flow. To stimulate creativity and inspire students, we also introduced the Radial collection; its ombré effect provides a fresh perspective to study spaces. The University of Huddersfield was extremely happy with the design we presented. Through the different mood boards we were able to offer the team variety, a mixture of layouts and well thought out narrative. We worked closely with the estates design team to deliver a finish that the client and students are incredibly pleased with.   Find out more about Interface’s Concept Design service here. [post_title] => Fostering creativity and concentration at Huddersfield University [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fostering-creativity-and-concentration-at-huddersfield-university [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-20 12:11:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-20 11:11:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://universitybusiness.co.uk/dashboard2/?post_type=articles&p=21407 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 21104 [post_author] => 7 [post_date] => 2019-04-25 10:58:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-25 09:58:26 [post_content] => We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us.” This Winston Churchill quote is how Interface’s regional sustainability manager, Jon Khoo opened the global flooring manufacturer’s evening panel discussion at Regent’s University, London. The event, which took place on 28 February 2019, discussed how colleges and universities can promote student and staff wellbeing, embed sustainable practices and push boundaries in relation to campus development. Each member of the assembled panel approached the issue of human-centred design from a different angle, based on their own area of expertise. Members included Oliver Heath, architectural and interior designer, Dr Alex Ryan, director of sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire and Prof John French, executive director of the Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator at the Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Heath is a renowned advocate of biophilic design and he highlighted the need to take a holistic approach, incorporating the natural world into learning environments to increase wellbeing and create healthier buildings. He pointed out that not only does a connection to nature enhance concentration and boost our desire to learn, it also has huge benefits for mental health. This final point being key, with stress accounting for 44 per cent of all work related ill health cases and 57 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health according to a HSE study from 2017/18. But where does sustainability fit in to designing happy learning environments? According to Heath the two go hand- in-hand. He said: “Biophilic design is the aesthetic embodiment of how we create sustainability, it is the framework of how to introduce nature into the built environment.”
Authentic learning experiences require the university to ‘walk its talk’ on sustainability
Working at the heart of the university environment, Ryan has first-hand understanding of what students want from their learning spaces and the environment needed for them to thrive. Her address to the panel outlined how students are now demanding action on sustainability, but authentic learning experiences require the university to ‘walk its talk’ on sustainability. She explained: “To achieve this we need whole institutional change through leadership and governance, student experiences, academic innovation, business operations, engagement and partnerships.” Uniting all parts of the university and taking a collaborative approach is key. Ryan continued: “Sustainability is new knowledge - none of us know how to do it, the only way we can achieve this is by working together, through partnerships and learning from each other.” Collaborations between universities and businesses are critical to ensure students receive a transformative education, where sustainability is a way of life on and off campus, and an essential foundation for their professional lives. French outlined the important role universities have to play in promoting sustainability and the huge opportunities for over 200 institutions across the UK to step up to the plate through working with the EAUC. He explained that students need to be educated in environmentally efficient buildings to encourage them to consider their own energy use. Putting this proactive approach into practice, French talked about the award-winning Enterprise Centre as one of successful projects at UEA. This low carbon building project not only meets performance indicators such as Passivhaus, but uses bio-based materials. He also highlighted the exciting zero carbon retrofit he is leading at Cambridge which incorporates the WELL standard, biophilic design and the circular economy. Creating positive and inspiring spaces for students that encourage and embody sustainability is a challenge faced by colleges and universities across the globe. It’s clear that in order to succeed we need to encourage conversation and foster collaboration. By sharing ideas and design practices we can learn from each other to realise the end goal of enhancing learning environments for each and every student. 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Interface’s concept designer Sarah Tilbury and key account manager Stevie Ditch worked closely with Kaplan to create an interactive working space, encouraging students and staff to cross paths and engage. The team opted to use Human Connections® throughout the building to create interconnecting spaces and pathways. The range takes inspiration from squares, paths and elements of greenery we find in towns and cities, meaning it not only helps to reconnect people but also reconnects them with nature through biophilic design. Katie Leech, regional key account manager, said: “We carefully selected products from Human Connections® collection that considered nature – Sett in Stone, Moss in Stone, Moss and Paver. Adding these elements of nature into the built environment and designing inspirational and restorative places provides the perfect facility to connect students to their surroundings. 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Interface is a global leader in the design and manufacture of sustainable modular flooring, suitable for any education environment. Designing by tile gives you the creative and economic flexibility to design inspiring and engaging, learning spaces. Combine our colours, textures and patterns to create the perfect space to study, work, live or socialise in.

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