The University is building new teaching and learning facilities on the ground floor of the Junxion building on St. Mark’s Street this summer. The new facilities will include:
- Two lecture spaces
- Three seminar spaces
- Two social learning spaces
The new facilities will open on Monday 15 September 2014.
This page will provide project background, progress updates, and details for students and staff regarding the booking and use of the new spaces.
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The University’s teaching and learning space requirements are increasing as a result of
- growing student numbers
- changing modes of teaching and learning
- increasing demand from students for bookable and informal learning spaces
At the same time, office space requirements are increasing as a result of growing staff numbers.
The Junxion project enables a substantial increase in the quantity and quality of teaching space, social learning space, and office space.
Details of new facilities
The new facilities will be located on St. Mark’s Street, in Units 1 and 2 of the Junxion (formerly Raspberry Village and Venture Portrait Photography).
The internal layout is shown below, with social space at the bottom, teaching space in the centre and ancillary spaces (WCs, plant room and storage) at the top.
The facilities will be accessed directly from St. Mark’s Street (entrance on left of rendering above) via a new foyer with a staffed security desk. The facilities will be open from 8:30 – 6:30 Monday – Friday during termtime.
The facilities will include five timetabled teaching spaces, all of which will be bookable using the University’s Room Booking system:
|JUN0001||Seminar Room||28||Node chairs with writing tablets
Mobile whiteboards for group work
|JUN0002||Seminar Room||24||Kite tables and Cinto chairs
Glass boards for group work
|JUN0003||Lecture Room||61||Dream chairs with writing tablets
Mobile whiteboards for group work
|JUN0004||Seminar Room||32||Node chairs with writing tablets||Yes||Yes|
|JUN0005||Lecture Room||101||Front 80%: Dream chairs with writing tablets
Rear 20%: high benches with bar stools
In terms of AV equipment, each seminar room will have:
- Ceiling-mounted Epson projector
- 2.1m wide 16:10 screen
- Stereo speakers
- Moby-Go cabinet with AV equipment and controls
The lecture rooms will have a higher AV specification:
- Dual ceiling-mounted Epson projectors
- Dual 2.1m wide 16:10 screens
- Surround sound (four speakers in the corners and ceiling-mounted subwoofers)
- Lecterns with AV equipment and controls
All of the teaching rooms will have dimmable lighting switchable by rows (tap to switch on/off, hold to dim). To facilitate control of natural light, JUN0005 will also have motorised blackout-lined roller blinds which will be controllable from the lectern.
The seminar rooms will all facilitate working in small groups, reflecting the University’s Student as Producer principles as well as the growing popularity of ‘flipped’ approaches to teaching, in which direct instruction is moved from the group teaching space to the individual learning environment, with class time used for interaction and problem solving.
Two different seminar room styles are included, both of which have proven popular with academics and students: JUN0001 and JUN0004 will have fluid layouts with Node chairs and mobile whiteboards. By contrast, in JUN0002, group work will be supported with Kite tables and wall-mounted glass boards adjacent to each table.
In addition to the five teaching spaces, the Junxion will contain two new social learning spaces to either side of the entrance lobby. These spaces will provide comfortable, naturally lit settings for individual and group work with views out onto St. Mark’s Street. The spaces will also include four Synergy meeting tables, which include a networked PC, a 46″ LCD and conveniently positioned power and AV connections. There will also be new WCs located at the back of the space.
Here are some renderings of the new spaces:
Rendering of lecture room JUN0005. The back two rows of seating will be elevated to improve sightlines, using high writing benches and stools as first installed in Bridge House room BH0101 in September 2013.
Rendering of seminar room JUN0001 showing screen, Moby-Go and Node chairs.
Rendering of lecture room JUN0003 showing dual screens, lectern and Dream chairs.
Rendering of social learning space JUN0008 showing Synergy table and mobile whiteboards (left), soft seating, and views of St. Mark’s Street.
New offices in David Chiddick Building
The increase in teaching space in the Junxion enables the conversion of four smaller teaching rooms in the David Chiddick Building (BL2106, BL2107, BL2108 and BL3101) to provide additional office space for 20 staff within the Business School.
1 September – The Junxion Project is nearing completion with the rooms now being given the finishing touches. The paint work, electrics and ICT terminals have been added to the teaching spaces. The spaces will provide brilliant facilities for our students.
The frontage has also been completed and looks fantastic:
18 August – The three seminar rooms and two lectures theatres now have automatic lighting:
Work will continue this week on flooring, toilets and kitchen areas:
The blue signage to go on the outside of the building is also taking shape:
7 August – A huge amount of activity has taken place this week, with the site visibly transforming. Much of the painting and ceiling electrics have now been fitted and the rooms are coming alive:
30 July – The site is really taking shape now with all walls in place and much of the ceiling unit work complete.
The workmen are focusing on plastering and electrical supply. Now that the first phase of building work is nearing completion, the space has a real sense of cohesion:
Lastly, work to install the toilets is also underway. Here the floor is being waterproofed and sealed before the toilet units are fitted:
23 July – We are halfway through the project and the focus this week has been to create and install the ceiling suspensions in each room:
This image shows insulation being added to floors. The Insulation provides environmental benefits, locking in heat. It also works to dampen sound inside the rooms.
18 July – Works to level floors, create passages for data cables and building walls remains the priority for the site as the floor plan really begins to take shape:
Branded hoarding has also been placed on the windows of the building:
9 July – The interior works continue at speed with the majority of the works concentrating on integrating the two separate units into one set of spaces.
The images below show the two lecture spaces which will house 60 and 100 students.
The development of the three seminar spaces is also progressing well:
29 June – The initial shell and core works are well underway, with the old walls separating the two units of the Junxion being removed and new walls being installed.
Already, air conditioning units are being fitted: