The Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE - St Leonards common areas - by Bellwood Hardy
Bellwood Design was engaged to collaborate with the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE Leadership Team to reinvigorate their existing dated interior and exterior spaces to align more closely with their new 'user focused’ structure. The scope of work involved re-design of high traffic precincts across two campus within the Northern Sydney Institute and was completed in October 2014. These spaces had become ramshackle and worn over time with a pervading 80’s institutional aesthetic. The Institute’s working team’s ambition was to create revitalized and inspiring spaces for students befitting a leading international tertiary educational body.
A thorough user assessment of nominated areas including the library, canteen and outdoor breakout spaces was undertaken. An important aspect of the redesign was to address the heightened technological requirements within the organization and of its students, including the provision of flexible collaborative spaces for relaxation as well as student teacher engagement and study. We wanted the students to have an enhanced user experience to further their own positive commitment to study.
Included in this project was the provision of 8 new furniture and lighting products by Australian designer by Chris Hardy, these benefited and added value to the schematic design in a number of ways. Chris Hardy developed these new products that supported the criteria of authenticity and fit for purpose to meet the design concept. Paramount to the tender of these items was the ability to provide individualized custom options in a timely fashion to meet crucial client deadlines. An attention to detail and innovation were pivotal to the schemes success such as the development of a communal sofa with the inclusion of USB power ports so users can recharge electronic devices in use, also developed were a new range of outdoor tables which are a combination on steel and timber in custom colour ways replacing existing cold timber which was unenjoyable to sit on. Chris Hardy worked closely with Bellwood and the client to fully understand the holistic approach, and provided new desgns which supported the brief and budget and, importantly, arrived on time.
Bellwood was fortunate, the TAFE team was an enthusiastic client who drew heartily from our collaboration to create enriched unified and functional spaces of which Bellwood is very proud.