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Auditorium refurbishment creates greater flexibility for conferencing and training facilities at Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby

A capital fund investment towards the upgrade and refurbishment of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)'s conference, training and office facilities at Battleby, Perth includes an installation of Verco office furniture.

SNH is a non-departmental public body responsible through Ministers to the Scottish Parliament. SNH's purpose is to promote the care and improvement, responsible enjoyment, greater understanding and appreciation, sustainable use of the natural heritage, now and for future generations.

Battleby's conference, training and meetings room facilities are used by SNH and associated organisations to present, promote and inform people of the above aims.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)'s conference, training and office facilities at Battleby, Perth

The octagonal shaped Auditorium at the Conference centre originally had an amphitheatre style layout for 160 tiered seating with a raised stage. However, this layout provided offered limited versatility and restricted events in the Auditorium to rigid formats.

A key objective of the Auditorium refurbishment was to create greater flexibility in the use of the Auditorium space and to caterer for an increase in the frequency of its use. Therefore, the floor was raised (by around one metre to height of stage), levelled and a new Audio Visual (AV) booth, AV equipment and new lighting system installed.

To complement the new interior and provide the required versatility in the auditorium 108 electronic retractable seats were installed. In addition, 90 linking and stackable Axa 686 chrome-frame conference chairs together with several flip-top tables (on wheels) were sourced from the VERCO range by local office furniture specialist Archibald McKellar in conjunction with project architects Burnet Bell.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)'s conference, training and office facilities at Battleby, Perth

As well as the aesthetic gains, key benefits of the new installation are ease and speed of furniture reconfiguration, says SNH Service Delivery Manager, Colin Macaskill.

""Levelling the ground floor area has provided a larger footprint for us to operate with" he says.

"The stacking chairs met a brief which mixed high levels of support - we required seating that would remain comfortable for up to three hours use at a time - with adaptability.

"The Verco chairs look good and are easy to set up, are linkable, and equally simple to take down and store.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)'s conference, training and office facilities at Battleby, Perth

"The flip top tables complement them well," he adds. "They hinge and so are equally easy to configure and can be wheeled away simply and quickly to store."

Colin is particularly pleased with the added flexibility that the furniture affords the refurbished auditorium.

"We have more space that's easier to configure and consequently increased uptake of use overall," he says.

"It's enabled us to re-purpose the space to suit our users so much faster that we have been able to increase the number of events held at the auditorium from two per week to three to four, making fuller and more profitable use of the facility."


Issued January 2009 on behalf of VERCO Office Furniture Ltd by

petermuir public relations
Whiteleaf Business Centre, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1TF, UK
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