he ‘pods’ concept represents the perfect solution for educational facilities and corporate offices wishing to refurbish or build new premises because it can be tailored completely to their requirements, offers a truly competitive build cost and shorter installation time.

The key differentiating component is a pod that maximises the use of daylight though the building to create warmth, but which also has natural ventilation, allowing air to pass out through the ceiling and air to flow in through the walls at low level.

The insulated panels also offer excellent U values, and the panel thickness can be increased or decreased to meet specific requirements. Acoustic challenges have been resolved by creating perforated end walls which absorb sound with acoustic glazed solutions to the front of the pods. All power and data have been accommodated as part of the off- site construction brief by utilising wire ways within the panels and the ceiling planks. The feeds for the light fittings are also buried inside the ceiling plank unit giving a totally flush, clean surface to the lid and inner faces of wall panels. All service connections are ‘plug and play’ to each unit.

The panels are designed as stand-alone demountable units, giving the client the ability to increase or decrease the pod size in-house without major disruption of services and core activities. In essence, a very functional space has been created with the ability to grow and shrink to suit trends. The inner space is ambient for temperature, light and very quiet. The space can be private or open, depending on working trends.

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