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Modern glass partitions for Cass Business School

With a well established reputation for excellence in business, academics, research and education, The Cass Business School is one of the leading business schools in the world. When looking to expand, modern glass partitions were the ideal solution to create a dynamic space.


106 Bunhill Row, London


Structure Tone

The Space

When looking to expand its offering, Cass Business School, acquired over 2,500 sq m/ 26,910 st ft at 106 Bunhill Row, London. Within this, the institution was also looking to establish the new home of its executive education and part-time MBA programs.

The Project

When searching for an architect they found their partner in NBBJ, whose vision matched the university’s desire to create a modern facility to support academic activity as well as provide an atmosphere to encourage working executives.

Significantly, included in this refurbishment project was to be the installation of teaching and networking spaces for over 160 people. In particular, the client required there to be recreational areas complete with a coffee bar, teaching and seminar spaces, a lecture theatre, board room, executive lounge, conference room and administration offices.

Moreover, at the heart of NBBJ’s design concept was the desire to create a “classroom in a workspace;” somewhere where students could meet, study, socialise, eat and relax together. Above all, the key to the success of the design scheme was its ability to nurture a natural air of collaboration.

For any collaborative environment to function correctly there needs to be an unbounded sense of transparency. Transparency between rooms, levels, areas and offices too. Consequently, glass partitioning, glass screens and glass doors were to play a central role in NBBJ’s design for Cass Business School.

As a result, we were chosen to design, engineer and install all glazed systems throughout the space. We installed Revolution 54 centrally glazed single glazing complete with American Black Walnut timber veneered doors in the syndicate rooms to give a polished executive finish, along with double glazed Edge doors in the board room for enhanced acoustic control. Additionally, these modern glass partitions were applied with different finishes including a mirror film finish, and applied film manifestation.

The Result

Today Cass Business School attracts outstanding academics, students and businesses from across the globe and we like to think we have a small part to play in their inspiring learning journeys. Our stylish glazed systems were used to create elegant syndicate rooms, functional teaching rooms and innovative meeting rooms, along with well thought out screens within breakout areas.

Overall, the result is one of style, practicality and functionality. It is an inspiring working space, one that encourages collaboration and, most importantly, opens up opportunities amongst academics, students and businesses.

Working with Optima

Altogether, working directly with the project’s main contractor, Structure Tone, we consistently met the tight deadlines professionally and effectively. We are extremely proud of all our work, but especially with Cass Business School, as this project demonstrates our commitment and ability to deliver high-quality glazed systems to world-class education institutions.



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