University of Aberdeen, UK

When Mackie Ramsay & Taylor Architects were specifying the new University of Aberdeen Dental School & Hospital facility in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland, their vision was for a state-of-the-art facility with a striking interior.

For the communal areas, easily maintainable, strong & stylish seating was essential, and Zoeftig’s product range was the architects’ first choice. Zoeftig’s seating is particularly suited to learning environments because of its ease of maintenance and ability to cope with high volumes of traffic.
Resilient yet elegant and comfortable, Zoeftig’s Zona was the ideal solution for the project. The range was selected in light grey painted mild steel, with compact laminate tables and zesty coloured upholstery pads to distinguish seating areas and add flashes of colour to the graphic interior. The project also required Zoeftig to design the seating area layouts with specified numbers of seat places and tables.

Designed to deliver a significant increase in the number of NHS dentists for Scotland, the £17.7m purpose built facility was opened in January 2010. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister said, “I am confident that this school will become a cornerstone of Scotland's health service and educational tradition, producing highly skilled dentists for many years to come.”

Even with the complexity of the project and demanding nine-month timescale, the new educational facility was delivered on time and £2.5m under budget.
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