Yorkshire-based furniture, fixtures and equipment supplier SouthernsBroadstock has won a £1.1m contract to supply furnishings for Durham University’s newest teaching facility.
SouthernsBroadstock, part of Extentia Group, will manufacture and install fitted and loose furniture, printer hubs, classroom furniture and soft furnishings as part of the contract at the new 90,000 sq ft Teaching & Learning Centre on Durham’s South Road.
The building forms part of the University’s main campus and will provide a state-of-the-art facility for students and academic staff. The installation begins onsite in April 2019 and will be complete by June 2019.
Durham University is a top 10 UK university according to The Times Good University guide and currently has 18,031 students (2017/18). The new space, along with other estate developments across the university, will enable student numbers to increase to 21,500 by 2027, once the planned expansion is complete.
The appointment bolsters SouthernsBroadstock’s expertise in the higher education sector, where its current clients include the University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University.
Gareth Williams, account manager at SouthernsBroadstock, said: “We’re seeing a growing trend of universities investing in their learning spaces to provide state-of-the art facilities for their students, enabling them to attract the very best talent in a competitive higher education environment.
“We’ve worked alongside Durham University for over 15 years, modernising the campus to provide the most productive learning environment for students. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the team on this exciting project.”
Simon Watt, senior project manager at Durham University, said: “We are continuously working to enhance our facilities to guarantee the very best experience for our students, nurturing different teaching and learning styles.
“Partnering with SouthernsBroadstock will allow us to future-proof our new learning centre, safeguarding our position as a provider of some of the highest-quality teaching in the UK.”
SouthernsBroadstock is part of Extentia Group – 11 specialist businesses offering services across the full lifecycle of real estate assets – from design, project management and delivery, to optimisation, FF&E solutions and facilities management.