08 Mar 2017

ADP reveals new Learning Commons area for Heriot-Watt University

ADP was commissioned to create a collaborative study and learning centre on the Riccarton Campus in Edinburgh for the Heriot Watt University.
The Learning Commons supports new trends in blended learning with technology-rich study spaces, formal meeting areas, support facilitates and social space, including a new cafeteria.
The centre provides 200 seats offering a variety of learning and study settings, including 120-140 study spaces with an additional 60-80 computer seat provision.
Study spaces have been designed with a particular focus on collaboration and communication technologies, including screens which can be shared amongst users supporting a range of digital sources.
An Apple-style help desk operates during core hours, providing a triage service and specialist IT and virtual learning support.
ADP worked closely with interior designers Nomad, who designed an identity for the building after consultations with students. This was inspired by organic forms and materials, reflected in bespoke furniture, gabion seating and the palette of materials, including metal and exposed ply.
Through the use of bespoke furniture, students are provided with a range of new study and social environments. A multi-levelled social space, called the ‘landscape module’ has been created in what was a rarely used corner of the building.
A curved bench creates a focal point in the main circulation area, and provides extra seating for the Elements cafeteria. Shapely plectrum desks enable individual or group use of computer workstations.
Existing windows have been replaced revealing the previously obscured view of the landscape outside. Glazing to group study rooms reveals artwork to the walls.
Since opening, the Learning Commons has proved extremely popular, and has become a ‘go to’ destination for students.