The University of Warwick’s spectacular new Faculty of Arts Building required a full FF&E installation to create an engaging community space. After going out to tender,Southernsbroadstock won the bid for the project worth over £760,000 due to our outstanding value and proven expertise designing for Higher Education.

The Brief

This was not the first time Southernsbroadstock had worked with the University of Warwick. Having completed their Mathematical Sciences Building 3 years ago, they had the peace of mind knowing our team could be trusted to deliver large-scale projects. We worked closely with the university organisers and contractors to design layouts across all floors of the building. Their vision was to create a people-focused space, where co-creation and collaboration was actively encouraged.

Creating Innovative Communal Spaces

To match the wood-panelled interior of the building, we provided our Isora range of furniture which blends a solid oak frame with a variety of vibrant fabrics. We leveraged our considerable in-house manufacturing capability to keep costs as low as possible for the project. As such, 96% of the furniture used for the Faculty of Arts building was made by Southernsbroadstock. We also catered to specialist requirements, such as the production of pigeonhole units, racking and tambours.

Overcoming Challenges

Despite Covid-19 having a significant impact on all product lead times, our flexible approach ensured we kept the project on track. Where product delays threatened to affect the deadline, we had extra team members assist with the installation to manage this potential issue. We kept the client informed at all stages and ensured full transparency throughout. 

The Result

The final result was every bit as contemporary and fresh as the new building. It delivered the university’s core objective of providing an engaging communal space and will help to interconnect all departments and disciplines. The Faculty of Arts Building – or ‘FAB’ – will now serve as an important hub between the library, arts centre and the campus’ Oculus lecture theatres.

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