Newcastle University Medical School presented Ambic with a unique challenge in their Leech Building. They commissioned a new laboratory, large enough to teach up to 200 students at the same time, while maintaining the flexibility to rearrange the laboratory to create open spaces, different desk and seating configuration to match the teaching format. Students may be required to engage in practical, computer and wet work so the laboratory had to be able to cater for a combination of all three if necessary.
An additional problem for a flexible mobile laboratory is the need for services such as power and data to be supplied to each desk group, but still allow for it to be easily removed, the layout reconfigured and then reconnected as and when required.
The existing structure consisted of two laboratories with a prep room in between. Ambic started by having the individual areas knocked through to create a large open plan space and then went to work designing bespoke furniture to meet the very specific needs of this new laboratory.