Information Commons

The University of Sheffield

location | Sheffield   year | 2007   value | £23m   size | 11,500m2

Information Commons is a, 24/7 facility, which provides 11,500m2 of mixed-use learning teaching space and accommodates 1,350 study spaces, along with staff offices, a reference and loan book collection and cafe. As a focal point for the campus and the undergraduate student community, it was critical to explore how the building could project an appropriate image for the University: it had to be confident, innovative and dynamic, but at the same time be welcoming and legible to users.

The building has been a great success with students since opening its doors in 2007 and has become a place which effectively bridges the gap between a social and study environment. The Information Commons building is situated in the heart of the University of Sheffield's urban campus, which was the subject of a Development Framework study we carried out in 2002/3.

    [The architects] fully embraced our student-centred vision of “the integrated learning environment”, and the building we created together is becoming recognised as a benchmark for universities across the UK and beyond.
    — Martin Lewis | Director of Library Services and University Librarian of the University of Sheffield


    RIBA Award 2008
    RIBA White Rose Award 2008
    Construct Award for Innovation and Best Practice 2006
    Building Sustainability Award Runner Up 2007