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University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s most prestigious educational organisations, consistently accredited for its academic excellence, research power, and student satisfaction. With a commitment of more than £520m to a transformative campus development programme, the institution is continuing to invest in developing its estate and facilities to provide an exceptional environment for its 34,000 students to learn and study in.

Camira has worked closely with the University on a number of different projects across its campus, with its fabrics offering the durability, longevity, suitability, and aesthetic appeal that are integral concerns of the organisation when selecting material.

Kyle Minnock, Assistant Interior Designer at the University of Leeds, explains exactly why fabric is such a key component of the institution’s interior space: "It’s incredibly important, not only do the fabrics need to be practical and durable to contend with the large numbers of people, we also need to consider the aesthetics and how these will work with the overall scheme, whether it is colour, pattern or texture. We are always looking for ways in which we can add interest and personality into the upholstery of a scheme."

Tailored design solutions


Due to the number of different disciplines, subjects and specialities the University is home to, each interior project often has a brief and set of requirements that is unique to the School the space will accommodate. As a result, a range of Camira fabrics feature throughout the campus, incorporating sustainable wool blend fabrics, Synergy and Blazer, alongside wool flax products Patina and Main Line FlaxRivet - a 100% recycled polyester, and the high performance Honeycomb. So, whether it is an area that has been identified as underperforming and therefore in need of a new lease of life, a room that requires refurbishment, or a building that will be changing its use, the design solution will be tailored to complement its specific purpose.

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Informed fabric choices


Indeed, far from rolling out a generic interior for each area, Kyle illustrates how a School’s core values can be used to inform fabric choices: "For example, the School of Earth & Environment may require sustainability to be at the heart of the material specification, sourcing inspiration from natural elements, colours and textures. Whereas the Business School may be interested in practical, durable and vibrant fabrics to reflect its ethos. Camira’s collections are broad and diverse, meaning that they can accommodate the wide variety of projects that we work with on campus."

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