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New £3.5m Business School for North Wales


Coleg Cambria is set to open its £3.5m business school in North East Wales, with the 4th December now confirmed as the official launch date.

Coleg Cambria Northop, one of the largest professional development providers in the region, are excited to unveil this modern space, with 1,500 individuals expected to make use of it on an annual basis.

Hailed for its cutting-edge design, the facility will deliver a vast catalogue of degree-level courses, professional development classes and training programmes, delivered in the building’s eleven lecture rooms and five bookable meeting rooms.

Teaming up with furniture provider, Penketh Group, the purpose-built school is centred on creativity, with its social seating, coffee tables and statement lounge sofas all adding to the interactive theme of the building.

Graham Evans, capital build project manager of Coleg Cambria, was thrilled with the outcome of the building:

“We are delighted with the high standard of furniture solutions provided by Penketh Group.

“We wanted to give our interiors a hotel look and feel and the furniture has really complimented the building.

“Creating interesting and flexible spaces that encourage interaction and active learning is important to us and the response to the new furniture from staff and students has been great.

“With its abundance of natural light, digital facilities and interactive spaces, we believe that this building represents the future of learning.”

Paul Mann, furniture project director of Penketh Group, said:

“We have worked with Coleg Cambria for a number of years and were delighted to provide a furniture solution for their new Business School.

“We brought the architect’s vision for the spaces to life with a range of furniture emphasising the colours and textures inspired by the surroundings of the college.

“Our work included providing statement pieces and social seating for the impressive atrium to encourage staff and students to meet and relax.

“We also included reconfigurable learning furniture for their lecture and meeting rooms which, as well as being easy to store and move around, is flexible enough so a lecture style configuration can be transformed into an active break-out session space in minutes.”

Crediting Penketh for devising an outstanding working environment, we at Business News Wales have witnessed an increase in the number of Welsh firms investing in creative office interiors. Let us know what you think, can a well-designed working space promote productivity?


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