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VERCO furniture in Allitec solution to Oxford University collaborative working environment

A major new component in Oxford University's 15 year re-development programme of its Science Area, the award-winning £49m Department of Biochemistry building incorporates desking, task seating, and meeting and café tables selected from the VERCO workplace range by project furniture consultants, Allitec.

The distinctive 12,000 sq m facility by Hawkins/Brown Architects homes a large open atrium with work and breakout spaces designed to enable openness and transparency to establish a collaborative environment for 300 lecturers, researchers and students previously housed in separate buildings across the University's Science Area.

Glass plays a major role in resolving the building's core design aims. The glass exterior enables laboratories and researchers to be visible from the outside while coloured glass fins located throughout cast changing patterns of light while solar cells on the roof as well as provide a significant part of the building's electricity.

Verco - Oxford University


At its centre, a 400 sq m naturally ventilated, timber clad atrium opens five floors of breakout areas and open-plan workspaces dispersed to different levels. Allitec worked closely with Hawkins/Brown to generate innovative ideas for furniture solutions for offices and meeting rooms

"Critically, these solutions focused on the need to be cost effective but also sympathetic to the design concepts of the building," said Hawkins\Brown associate director, Morag Morrison.

Supported by principal furniture partner, VERCO, Allitec successfully added to both practical and aesthetic design aims.

Verco - Oxford University

Complemented by its Pop task seating, VERCO's Oblique desking range was selected as the base solution to office areas, its clean lines with beech veneer tops on white frames lending a crispness and accessibility to the environment.

The theme is echoed in the building restaurant and break out areas where white tables specially designed for the contract have been supplied by VERCO.

The Biochemistry Department at Oxford University is the largest in the UK and is internationally renowned for its research on the understanding of DNA, cell growth and immunity. A second phase will see the new Biochemistry building extended for another 500 researchers.

Verco - Oxford University

The building is the first stage of a major redevelopment of the Science Area. When linked to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter development, it will represent hundreds of millions of pounds worth of investment in the infrastructure of the University of Oxford.

Biochemistry Department associate head Denis O'Driscoll said: "One of the challenges about this project was to procure items fitting out spaces that were not only acceptable to our prospective building users but also complemented the design aspirations for the building.

"Allitec understood our aspirations and were flexible enough to supply new ideas and new products to support this."

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