University of Glasgow – Adam Smith Lecture Theatre
Refurbishment of the Adam Smith lecture theatre was designed to explore new concepts and to set new standards in the provision of lecture theatre accommodation within the University. In addition to improving the general ambience of the facility therefore, it sought to improve usability.
Working within the limitations of the space which included a raked concrete floor and a stepped profile against the slope of the hill (which means that lifts do not always coincide with floors) the estates team discussed with user representatives ways in which the theatre might best meet the changing needs of teachers and learners. Ideas included improving its capacity, improving its environmental quality and enabling a degree of interactive working. Audio visual facilities have been improved and lighting upgraded to provide for a range of different working situations. The result is bright, fresh, with a degree of informality, while preserving the professionalism which is the University.