The University of Bedfordshire’s £46m New Library project has reached a milestone by topping out today. The project, designed by mosescameronwilliams architects, is a significant step in the on-going transformation of the University’s town centre campus in Luton and is due to complete in early 2016.
Situated on a challenging site with a very limited ‘footprint’, the 7,400sqm building is organised over nine levels. Taking this aspect as an opportunity, the proposed scheme locates silent study spaces on each of the upper floors in a ‘study wall’, fulfilling the increasing demand by students for more silent and quiet working environments. The design reflects the University’s aspiration for an efficient and scholarly facility that supports and enables improvements in academic and institutional performance.
Located at a focal point between academic space and new residential accommodation, this new building allows for the relocation of the existing library facilities, minimising the impact of future phases of campus redevelopment on the student experience.
Colin Moses, director at mosescameronwilliams architects, said:
“The Development Framework we produced for the University of Bedfordshire in 2007 sets out the long term strategy for the estate, and focusses on delivering projects which directly improve the student experience. The construction of the new library is an exciting continuation of our successful relationship with both the University and the design team involved in the campus redevelopment. ”
Marcus Woolley, Director of Learning Resources said:
”University staff, the Students’ Union and the Design team have worked well together to consult with the wider student body to ensure that the new library will closely reflect their requirements and aspirations. I believe the new library will deliver a range of high quality learning spaces and resources that will delight students and encourage study in all its guises.”
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