Bradford College has offered outstanding support and delivered education and training for over 180 years to students from the region and beyond. The fourth largest college in the Country and largest provider of Higher Education outside of the University sector in England the college has been presented with awards such as, National Beacon Award for outstanding contribution to Equality and Diversity by the Association of Colleges and awarded the Training Quality Standard – the highest accolade possible in recognition of its excellent work with employers, our track record speaks for itself.

The Strategic Plan sets the direction of travel for Bradford College and describes a culture of exciting change covering the next five years. September 2014 saw Bradford College hit one of these milestones as the college welcomed students to its new multi-million pound David Hockney campus, providing an innovative and technology rich learning environment in the heart of the city for students for years to come.

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The Brief

The eco-friendly campus has been designed to be sympathetic to the large-scale mill and warehouse buildings that characterise parts of Bradford, as well as have a light, airy, modern feel. The new building was to transform the students experience using new styles of learning, which will embrace cutting edge technologies.

BAM Construction were appointed contractor to lead on the development of the new multi-million pound campus, and had worked with Universal AV on previous new builds in the Bradford area. Bradford College had also worked with Universal and asked them to attend a meeting to discuss the types of new innovative technology that could be used in this pioneering building.

140 teaching spaces would need to be equipped with audio visual technologies for teaching to take place in September when the college would open its doors.

The Solution

The team from Universal worked with Bradford College to engineer a solution that would be suitable for all its teaching spaces.  After speaking with suppliers and looking at a 5 year product life cycle, Universal AV suggested the CTouch interactive screens be installed as the technology provided Bradford with the most innovative, durable solution and fell within budget.

Planning and Installation

Universal AV Services were contracted to equip 140 teaching and learning spaces throughout the new build with the latest in interactive audio visual technologies, complementing the innovative environment in which it would sit.

The installation of the screens into the teaching spaces took place over the summer months, once keys to the new building had been handed back to the College. The rooms were already prepared, Universal project managers had worked with the contractors and the college to ensure that the AV installation would run as smoothly as possible.
Timescales were tight with a 2 week window of opportunity for all 140 screens to be installed, and training to take place in readiness for teaching to begin and the college opening in September. Many of the screens are on trolleys providing the college with flexibility in terms of location, user height and teaching space. The flexibility of the solution also allows for teaching in open spaces, the college has several areas where this can take place.

Nick Fitzpatrick, Director, Universal AV Services commented; “We are delighted to witness first hand, and play a part in, such a great investment in education in our home city of Bradford. The solution installed by Universal AV for Bradford College, provides them with innovative audio visual solutions that are environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing, finishing what is a great building and investment for future generations.”

Bradford College

“We have been working with our staff at the College to make sure that when we open our doors to our students in September, we can give them a first class service in a first class building.”

Andy Welsh

Group Chief Operating Officer of Bradford College

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