Weaving sustainability into the fabric of Higher Education

Published: August 2, 2022

With many young adults concerned about the environment, it comes as no surprise that sustainability is becoming a priority for the Higher Education sector. This was true for a project at the University of Kent. They needed an eco-conscious solution for the refurbishment of two lecture theatres at their Keynes College site.

Much of the seating was becoming threadbare. Southernsbroadstock assisted in delivering a fresh suite of furniture to make each space feel comfortable. To ensure the new seating design was as sustainable as possible, the material used was Camira Quest, which uses 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. This also included 75% SEAQUAL® yarn, which uses plastic material removed directly from the ocean. Each metre of Quest fabric contains the equivalent to 23 plastic bottles.

Even the new carpeting received a planet-friendly makeover. The carpets are Milliken Coastline from their Carbon Neutral Collection which uses 50% post-industrial recycled content and 50% post-consumer recycled content. The project was completed to a very tight deadline and required working around exam schedules to achieve delivery, which was much appreciated by the client.

Keynes College lecture theatres KLT2 and KLT3 have finally been transformed, giving both rooms a new lease of life and providing an attractive teaching space to improve the student experience.