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Unitunk Meets Teeside University Challenge

Newcastle University

It’s full marks for Unitrunk at a refurbishment of the library at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. Electrical contractor Integral has opted for Unitrunk’s innovative cable management solutions at a phased refit of the four-storey library building in a project for main contractor Kier.

Teesside University is reinforcing its commitment to create the best possible student experience with the £6 million refurbishment of its library. It continues the University’s rolling programme of investment which has seen over a quarter of a billion pounds spent on improving the campus in recent years.
The refurbishment of the library started this summer and will continue over the next two summers to further upgrade and enhance the facilities. It will include a range of flexible, technology-enabled individual and group learning spaces, improved IT provision, new lighting and ventilation and additional digital support.

Integral is responsible for the refurbishment of power, lighting and data provision, as well as modifications to the fire, security and CCTV systems. “We wanted to extend the existing floor trunking to serve additional desk areas,” explains Sean Little, electrical project engineer at Integral. “We’ve worked with Unitrunk to develop a solution to tie in its trunking with what’s already there.” Unitrunk’s Easyway flush floor trunking has been installed alongside the existing system by means of a bespoke  coupler.
Executive director of external relations at Teesside University Michael Lavery says: “Our library is at the heart of the campus and at the centre of University life. These further improvements will help us to continue to provide an outstanding learning experience to our students.

“There have been some phenomenal changes to our Middlesbrough campus and we believe we have created one of the best learning environments in the country. This is yet another exciting development that reinforces our commitment to create the best possible student experience.”
The library originally opened in 1997 and was designed by renowned architect George Clarke, from television’s Restoration Man and Amazing Spaces.