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Innova Design skills secure college contract

A leading Nottinghamshire college signed up to a cutting-edge science laboratory from interior specialists Innova Design Solutions after being impressed with the company’s work on another project.

Vision West put out to tender the contract for a laboratory to their own design at the college in Mansfield, which offers education and training to over 20,000 students and businesses.

Innova was in the running for the project and then clinched the deal after showcasing an installation they had completed at Shireland Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands.

Innova showed off its striking six-laboratory refurbishment featuring their unique ‘Hot Corners’ lay-out, prompting Vision West to hand over the whole design and installation project to the Greater Manchester-based company.

“In the end Vision West went with a different design from the original tender, this was after seeing what we had achieved at Shireland,” said Innova director Melanie Laing.

“Sometimes until people actually see a lab with the Hot Corners design they don’t realise how well it works.

“The Hot Corners lay-out provides plenty of storage, excellent circulation around the room, short lines of communication for teachers and an easy to manage space – a lot of the aspects that a school or college is looking for.

“The proof of the pudding is seeing it in action and hearing how well it works from staff and students at sites where the design has been installed.”

The circular Hot Corners design allows for group or individual work, integrated storage, clutter-free work surfaces, ease of movement and great versatility for both practical and theory sessions.

Topped by easy-to-maintain and durable ‘Velstone’ work surfaces, the laboratory is being installed, along with a fully interactive teacher wall, sinks, fume cupboards and tamper-free services, as part of a full turnkey solution.

The installation at Vision West is taking place during term time, starting in January, following Innova’s recent successful provision of four laboratories and a preparation room during the pre-Christmas term at Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale.

Innova Design Solutions has a proven track record in the design, manufacture, supply and installation of inspirational furniture and interiors for projects across the education sector, including laboratories, IT suites, food technology rooms, art centres and washrooms.

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