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Basepoint Camberley opens its floor to the creative arts


Basepoint Camberley is collaborating with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham to create a modern and flexible work space for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The 10-week project will also form part of the students’ wider curriculum, with both BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design and MA Interior Design students taking part in the initiative.
Basepoint Business Centres, who specialise in the development and operation of flexible business, innovation and enterprise centres, have briefed the students to design and deliver a work space for the design-driven industries. The space should be ‘futuristic’ without being overtly edgy, and should utilise all modern techniques and technologies specifically aimed at the target market.
Working in teams of four, the students will need to consider a number of factors when designing for the ‘new age’ work space, including the provision for solo and group working, relaxed social spaces, economical materials, and the possibilities of new technologies.
Peter Waters, course leader of BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design, comments: “This is a great opportunity for our students to work on a live project, allowing them to engage with the wider industry for the first time as budding designers. Taking on board the client’s brief and requirements, the students are expected to deliver a total design plan that is both flexible, modern and makes use of cutting edge technologies. Basepoint have been incredibly supportive, and we are looking forward to working with them on this collaborative project over the next two to three months.”
Lisa Rollings, Centre Manager of Basepoint Camberley, comments: “As we look to the future, the next generation of business owners and entrepreneurs are likely to be in their twenties and thirties, and their work style is set to be very different to that of ours today. With the retirement age extending, they will want a work / life balance that is both engaging and exciting. In the students design plans, we anticipate shared and open-plan work spaces due to the collaborative nature of the design industry, as well as personal spaces – but we are open to surprises!”
The students’ research has already commenced, with a ‘design development’ phase due to start in February, interim review at Basepoint Camberley in March, with a final design phase and presentation to Basepoint in late March. The judges will award the best presentation with a prize of £1,000, and £500 for the runner-up (to be split between the teams).