After supplying their award-winning range of educational seating products to the City of Glasgow College’s Riverside Campus in 2015, KI have now delivered over 6000 KI units to its City Campus.


One of Scotland’s largest colleges, the multi award winning City of Glasgow College, has opened the doors to the City Campus completing a £234 million major development in the centre of Glasgow. With an impressive list of educational facilities, including 500 learning environments, a multiple level library, a roof garden and more, this campus has taken considerable strides to catapult itself not only to the present but also into the future.

The compelling City of Glasgow College’s new campus has been designed, internally and externally, by Reiach & Hall Architects and Michael Laird Architects working in collaboration with Sir Robert McAlpine, with key threshold spaces by Graven to truly provide the flexible, contemporary educational climate that current and future students require.

Four times the size of the City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus, this new part of the college is truly impressive. With 10 storeys, the City campus’ facade is definitely an imposing sight. Internally it is no less monumental, sporting a grand foyer and large wooden staircases. Floor to ceiling glass windows envelops this building, both inside and out, lending a bright and airy feel to this highly urban construction.


With the help of KI’s products, the desire to stand the test of time; to stay relevant for several generations to come, has been realised. Versatile and dynamic furniture, that also highlights collaborative working, was key for this project. Therefore, FF&E consultants MXQ Solutions, selected a number of KI seating options to achieve the given brief.

Ian Johnstone, Director, MXQ Solutions comment:  “The FF&E brief for this project was to source products with a high quality aesthetic for this new learning environment. KI’s educational seating provided the ideal blend of practicality and longevity with a fresh modern colour range perfect in realising the College vision”


KI’s Intellectual Wave seating collection was chosen in Tangelo, Grass Green, Sunburst, Warm Grey and Blue Grey; truly a mix of vibrant and neutral colours to complement each other. Paired with the transformative Learn2 chair, together they provide flexible, durable and long lasting design with an impressive 15 year warranty. With its innovative tablet arm, Learn2 allows students and educators alike to adapt it to various lesson structures. Additionally, the chair compliments the adaptable, sociable and open-plan layout of this campus, helping the college stay true to the changing times that are rapidly moving towards more collaborative spaces.

KI’s Torsion on the Go! was used in the new City Campus as it goes hand in hand with this flexible college. With its foldable tablet arm, the chair is quickly altered to fit any space. The highly durable and stackable Maestro chair was also selected to further highlight the contemporary nature of the campus all while ensuring undeniable quality and exceptional comfort.


About Intellect Wave seating:
Engineered to withstand tough classroom use, Intellect Wave exceeds industry standards for durability. Designed by Shawn Barrett, the lightweight, textured poly shell resists scratching, fading, chipping and denting. Hard plastic or laminate tablets provide the most durable worksurface. Available in stackable reverse cantilever or four-leg chairs with optional tablet arms and under-seat wire baskets, task chairs & stools, and the innovative Learn2. The result is classroom furniture that gives years of low-maintenance service, backed by KI’s 15-year warranty.


About Maestro seating:
Lightweight, comfortable and virtually indestructible, Maestro chairs are covered by a 15 year warranty. Stackable to 38 high on a transport dolly, they are frequently specified for large halls and assembly areas. The optional, removable tablet arm can be added for dynamic and space-efficient classrooms, eliminating the need for large tables. Its polypropylene seat shell is available in 25 standard colours, while the wire rod frame can be finished in chrome or a range of durable powder coatings. Upholstery options are available for the seat and backrest.


About Torsion on the Go! seating:
Designed by Giancarlo Piretti, Torsion on the Go! is a supremely intelligent approach to the requirements of multi-purpose environments in today’s educational institutions. Exceptional comfort is provided by a smooth back articulation created by a unique patented torsion spring mechanism. The optional unique oversized articulating tablet arm folds down for
efficient nesting. Highly mobile and versatile, this chair was lauded with the prestigious Best of NeoCon Gold Award.

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