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Breakout spaces

DMU’s Gateway House, Hugh Aston, Hawthorn and Queen's buildings have been transformed with the creation of innovative “breakout” areas for students to study and relax in.

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The new breakout spaces have introduced:

  • Bespoke furniture finished in bright materials providing pockets of space for group work
  • Fitted benching against the walls with additional seating and plug sockets, creating study space and room for laptops
  • High-back booth seating for informal meetings before or after lectures and for relaxing
  • Cafe-style tables and chairs
  • New lighting to brighten seating areas
  • Extra plasma screens displaying useful information from around the university

Gateway House

Gateway House, which serves students studying in the Faculties of Technology and Arts, Design and Humanities, has seen brighter, more attractive areas created on the ground floor and in several of the lift lobby areas. 

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Hugh Aston Building

The Hugh Aston building, which serves students studying in the Faculty of Business and Law, has seen attractive study spaces created on several of its floors. The breakout areas on the first, second and third floors now include bespoke furniture finished in bright materials offering additional seating and work space.

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Hawthorn Building

The transformation of the lower ground floor of the Hawthorn building, which serves students studying in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, involved demolishing former classrooms and creating a brightly coloured open plan area.

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Queen's Building

The transformation of the ground floor of the Queen's Building, which serves students studying in the Faculty of Technology, has been extensive. Improvements made include: carpeting installed to define the breakout areas and improve the acoustics of the space; bespoke furniture finished in bright materials wrapped around columns to provide pockets of space for group work; fitted benching against the walls of classrooms with additional seating and plug sockets and high booth seating.

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