Workspace Design Show

26 – 27 February 2025 | Business Design Centre, London

Pearson Lloyd’s CoLab: Empowering Students and Teachers with Versatile Learning Spaces

CoLab is the result of Pearson Lloyd‘s extensive project with Senator, which delves into exploring emerging higher-education models and evolving approaches to work.

In collaboration with the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at Nottingham Trent University, Pearson Lloyd identified a crucial requirement for an informal, multi-modal, and multi-posture tech-enabled learning space, which they aptly named the ‘café classroom.’ CoLab’s innovative environment serves dual purposes, accommodating both formal learning and informal peer-to-peer collaboration without the need for space reconfiguration. This not only enhances the efficiency in space utilization but also allows the activation of redundant classrooms, maximizing the potential of the available area.

Through the creation of various relaxed and informal learning environments like creative hubs, quiet nooks, social labs, and team touchdowns, CoLab transcends the limitations of conventional classroom settings confined by four walls. Instead, it extends the learning experience into spaces like the café, library, atrium, corridor, or common room, actively encouraging students and teachers to engage in open discussions and collaborative activities even after traditional formal teaching sessions.

CoLab’s construction emphasizes both durability and robustness, making it ideal for everyday use, while its warm, welcoming aesthetic and engaging tactility reflect the essence of hospitality furniture. Furthermore, its design adheres to circular design principles, ensuring that each component product in the system can be effortlessly repaired, promoting sustainability and longevity.

Recognizing its outstanding features, CoLab was honored with the prestigious Gold award in the Education Solutions category and Silver in the Collections for Collaboration category at the NeoCon 23 Awards. This recognition further cements its position as a transformative solution for education and collaborative spaces.

With CoLab, Pearson Lloyd and Senator have ushered in a new era of versatile, adaptable, and inspiring learning environments that cater to the evolving needs of students and educators alike.