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A high-quality aesthetic for Glasgow College

August 2017


One of Scotland’s largest colleges, the multi-award-winning City of Glasgow College, has opened the doors to its City Campus completing a £234m major development in the centre of Glasgow. With an impressive list of educational facilities, including 500 learning environments, multiple level libraries, a roof garden and more, this campus has taken considerable strides to catapult itself not only to the present but also into the future.

The compelling City of Glasgow College’s new campus has been designed internally and externally by Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects working in collaboration with Sir Robert McAlpine, with key threshold spaces by Graven to truly provide the flexible, contemporary educational climate that current and future students require.

Four times the size of the City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus, this new part of the college is truly impressive. With 10 storeys, the City Campus’ facade is definitely an imposing sight. Internally, it is no less monumental; sporting a grand foyer and large wooden staircases. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows envelop this building, both inside and out, lending a bright and airy feel to this highly urban construction.

With the help of KI’s products, the desire to stand the test of time; to stay relevant for several generations to come, has been realised. Versatile and dynamic furniture, that also highlights collaborative working, was key for this project. Therefore, FF&E consultant, MXQ Solutions, selected a number of KI seating options to achieve the given brief.

Ian Johnstone, Director of MXQ Solutions comments: "The FF&E brief for this project was to source products with a high-quality aesthetic for this new learning environment. KI’s educational seating provided the ideal blend of practicality and longevity with a fresh, modern colour range perfect in realising the college vision."

KI’s Intellect Wave seating collection was chosen in Tangelo, Grass Green, Sunburst, Warm Grey and Blue Grey; truly a mix of vibrant and neutral colours to complement each other. Paired with the transformative Learn2 chair, together they provide flexible, durable and long-lasting design with an impressive 15-year warranty. With its innovative tablet arm, Learn2 allows students and educators alike to adapt it to various lesson structures.

Additionally, the chair complements the adaptable, sociable and open-plan layout of this campus, helping the college stay true to the changing times that are rapidly moving towards more collaborative spaces.

KI’s Torsion on the Go! was used in the new City Campus as it goes hand-in-hand with this flexible college. With its foldable tablet arm, the chair is quickly altered to fit any space. The highly durable and stackable Maestro chair was also selected to further highlight the contemporary nature of the campus, all while ensuring undeniable quality and exceptional comfort.

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