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The Apollo - A Design-led approach to Lecture Theatre Seating
Ferco Seating offers clients a flexible approach to lecture theatre design with a portfolio of innovative and engaging products.
Ferco design, manufacture and install high quality customised seating for multiple iconic educational establishments including Queens College, Oxford; Clare College, Cambridge and the Cass Business School.
Today’s educational environments are often required to support ‘active learning’. Student-centred and project-based learning models are replacing linear, more traditional instructor-based lessons. Innovative curricular and pedagogies are supported by future-fit learning spaces, which can include technology integration.
Enhanced learning spaces have been proven to help with student engagement, higher levels of academic attainment and the development of employability skills.
The Apollo is a design-led approach to providing practical, comfortable seats and desks, where maximisation of space and a striking aesthetic are the priority.
It’s not so much an evolution as a revolution. Ferco’s latest iteration on standard lecture theatre seating has allowed them to maximise comfort within the very limited dimensional constraints often available.
The result of extensive research and development by Ferco’s in-house design team, the Apollo’s design incorporated feedback from students, lecturers, administrators, and estates and facilities managers. By re-thinking some old ideas, it has been possible to use modern manufacturing techniques to provide a highly customisable solution for bespoke lecture theatre projects.
The resulting collection includes options for a solid wooden seat, back and desk; completely upholstered seating; and fixed or tip-up writing ledges.
All of the seats are facing forwards towards the front of the teaching space and with more traditional layouts, maximum seated capacity can be achieved. The generously proportioned seat enhances comfort and stability for students, especially when seated for extended periods.
The fixed or tip-up writing ledge allows for note taking, laptops or tablets, without students feeling cramped or encroaching in to their neighbour’s space.
The Apollo’s distinctive and unique backrest is ergonomically designed to offer maximum comfort, whilst also functioning as a perfectly engineered stable support for the writing surface.
Ferco specialise in creating optimal educational environments and the Apollo is the latest addition to the lecture theatre seating range. The range of seating offers comfort, style and durability to suit any size of room and budget.