University of Hull
Southernsbroadstock collaborated with the University of Hull and Chadwick Design to create several refreshed spaces across the university campus, ready to uplift students as they return post-pandemic. The most striking aspect of the project was a full fit-out of a new mock courtroom, to provide class-leading facilities for the school of law. Working closely with their contractors and Frem Group, we were able to provide a completely bespoke solution for the space. Incorporating audio-visual technology and power facilities to create a modern and realistic setting.
Adaptable Multi-Use Furniture.
A newly renovated executive education corridor saw the delivery of touchdown furniture; with soft seating and coffee tables chosen to complement the interior design colourway. For their business lounge, also recently renovated, we selected a range of versatile furniture to facilitate teamwork. The lounge now more effectively encourages engagement through the use of our adaptable multi-use furniture.
Space to Breathe.
Another element of the brief was to create a space for students to work while they waited to enter the adjacent lecture theatres. It was imperative to keep the main thoroughfare clear to allow for freedom of movement. Instead, we created a soft divide using furniture, which included comfortable seating that invites students to relax before attending their lecture.
Enhancing Students’ Experiences.
Southernsbroadstock was also tasked with creating a breakout area from the IT lab on the next corridor. It was designed with collaboration as its primary driver and provides an informal space for idea exchange and socialisation. For more formal meeting and teaching spaces, these areas were styled with high specification furniture to enhance the student experience.
The Mock courtroom brief was to create a world class learning environment. Giving students the experience of how a real courtroom works, whilst also being utilised as a real-life courtroom. Working closely with other partners involved, we brought the initial vision from render to completion on a tight timescale. Bespoke solutions were provided to make the space more intuitive for student learning. With power units built into the gallery and judge’s bench walls; along with AV solutions on the inside of the judge’s bench, to allow for evidence to be easily displayed on the dropdown screen.
Inspiring the Next Generation.
Following completion of the project, the courtroom was named the Lady Justice King Courtroom. In honour of The Right Honourable Lady Justice Dame Eleanor King, who is one of the university’s most influential alumni. With a career spanning over three decades, Dame Eleanor’s extraordinary contribution to law has provided many newly qualified professionals with inspiration as they enter the field. Her continued support, along with the university’s leading facilities, places Hull firmly on the map for aspiring law students across the UK.