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University College Birmingham


The brief

UCB's new building, located on Charlotte Street and Holland Street has a wide range of small and large teaching rooms featuring the latest audio and visual learning technology, two lecture theatres designed to seat 125 persons including a 250 person lecture theatre. There is also a dedicated postgraduate centre 24 hour flexible learning centre, and a 200 seat café with outdoor seating. Students can interact and enjoy much more social learning and breakout spaces around the building as well as the external landscaping. The university required a large volume of seating for the 7,592 sq. metre building, spread over four floors which accommodates 2,500 students and staff.

Our solution

Strive high density stacking chairs - Over 900 Strive high density stacking chairs were supplied. The chairs have all been tailored to suit the university's requirements with upholstered seat pads in a dark fabric with wire frames in a chrome finish. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti, these chairs feature a flexible back with a wire rod inserted into the polypropylene to encourage movement and relaxation, while the back curve provides lateral support and the contoured seat dissipates pressure points. Robust, light and comfortable, these chairs quickly adapt to different user needs while ensuring comfort even for longer seated periods.

KI’s Strive chair collection fits UCB’s requirements perfectly, performing in all budget, aesthetic, and functionality criteria. McIntyre House is such an innovative building for a very forward thinking university, so the furniture specification needed to compliment. KI has done a great job in helping to achieve this!

Jo Coldicott, Design Director of Arucana Ltd

More information

Date - September 2014
End user -
2,500 students & staff
Project type - New facility
Project partners - Arucana (The Design Works Group)
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