PodSolve is a simple concept. Instead of schools being constructed from the conventional fixed structural frame, PodSolve comprises a series of individual steel-framed rooms or classrooms that can be easily relocated, assembled or dismantled to create a truly flexible teaching environment.
Crucially, the pods are free-standing and are entirely structurally independent from the building envelope in which they are placed. The Podsolve concept was developed in conjunction with Interserve from a general feeling of disappointment that the standard classroom didn't really offer anything different.
Norwood’s Podsolve solution utilizes a highbred of partitioning systems Cleanseal and Mediline. The Mediline element allows the framework to be built in its entirety with the face skins being applied at the end of the installation. Whilst the Cleanseal element offers complete flexibility by the way it is fully demountable and relocatable. This therefore offers the end user the ability to take down elements and expand or reduce the space size with minimal disruption.
The PodSolve system can be tailored to suit any individual requirements with panel widths of 300mm, 500mm and 1000mm, these can be solid or glazed. Norwood can produce various door styles in an extensive range of colours and materials to accompany any tailor made pod. Flush fit walk on laminated sky lights allow natural daylight to permeate the pods. Pods also include sound absorbing panels built in to the ceilings and walls to ensure great acoustic ratings.
The PodSolve system also has a fire resistance class 'O' spread of flame and can offer a range of integrated services which can be concealed and housed within its structure. They can be created in various finishes utilising vinyl coated steel with a range of plain colours, steel finishes, timber finishes, fabric finishes & stone finishes.
Although the PodSolve system was initially designed for use within the education sector as an alternative for a standard classroom, they can be utilised in other environments.