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Furniture manufacturer LiDR works with leading UK university on library project

October 26, 2016

A furniture manufacturer in Stoke has been working with a leading UK university following the completion of a major library refurbishment.

LiDR, based in Campbell Road, Stoke, have completed work worth over £500,000 so far at the Edward Boyle Library refurbishment at University of Leeds.

The furniture manufacturer worked alongside customer Galliford Try and  architect Associated Architects to develop bespoke furniture throughout the library throughout May to September this year.

The furniture consisted of special post graduate desks, study desks, bucket seats, PC benches, reception desk and a range of other fitted furniture over five floors.

Phase one of the refurbishment, which cost £17million in total, opened to students in September in time for the new academic year, with phase two due to be completed in 2017.

Andrew Leake, Managing Director at LiDR, said: “The successful completion of this project is an impressive achievement for all the members of our design, manufacturing and installation teams involved. It took a great deal of coordination and some of the items were very sophisticated, but they have overcome the challenges and the end result looks absolutely fantastic.

“It is a great showcase for the high quality, large scale manufacture we are now set up for thanks to our recent investments in our facilities.”

The refurbishment was completed in keeping with the modern style of the 1970s building. While the spaces were redesigned for a more open and modern feel, many of the original colours and shapes were reinstated.

Dr Stella Butler, University Librarian at University of Leeds, said: “The University is delighted with the quality of the furniture provided for its newly refurbished Edward Boyle Library by LiDR.

“LiDR have been responsive to requests for bespoke features, delivering furniture that is both extremely functional, but in keeping with the overall design of the building scheme.”

This is a landmark year for LiDR, with the company celebrating its 30th anniversary. LiDR also manufacturers furniture for schools and retails outlets across the UK. Originally in the toy industry, the company began as small family business manufacturing furniture in 1986. The garage workshop of 30 years ago has now involved into an impressive premises in the industrial sector of Stoke-on-Trent where they employ 30 people.



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