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Manchester Communication Academy

Manchester Communication Academy

Nortek supplied the loose furniture requirements for this prestigious new build 11-16 year old academy school in Harpurhey, Manchester. The lead sponsor at the academy is BT, who have a long and successful record of involvement in education.

The academy required a very flexible classroom environment as the design of the building was large open plan spaces with sliding folding wall dividers. An innovative approach in which, at times, whole year groups were taught in one open space meant that the Kinetic desk and the ergo-adaptive table ranges were ideal for many of the teaching spaces. These designs can all be easily arranged in different configurations to suit the required teaching style. Collaborative group tables, ICT and technical furniture were also supplied as part of the furniture package. Subdividing the spaces and providing much needed storage space Nortek also supplied VS Series 800 wall cupboards. These were fitted in multiple runs between teaching zones in a side to side and back to front arrangement. With the simple addition of Sundeala pinboard applied to to the rear of the cupboards this meant that the teaching staff could utilise these normally blank spaces in their classroom to display both pupil’s course work and curriculum material.

Seating was provided using the VS PantoSwing forward flexing cantilever chair. This chair with it’s classic Verner Panton designed double walled textured polypropylene air cushion effect seat is extremely comfortable. Designed with superior ergonomics this chair allows the user a degree of flexibility within the cantilever frame as well a breathable seat shell for comfortable all day use.