Wednesday, 30th October 2013

SCONUL Library Design Awards 2013

Walter Lilly are pleased to report that our works undertaken to construct a new Learning Resource Centre for the University of Kingston (known as the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre) has been awarded a Highly Commended in the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Library Design awards 2013 for projects of less than 2000sqm.

These design awards have been made every three years since 1973 and recognise the best in the design of higher education libraries.

“The awards committee were impressed by the detailed planning of space to fit the strategic objectives of the institution, and to meet the needs of students, academics and, where applicable, the wider community. The impact delivered by the projects was remarkable and the enthusiasm with which the users spoke of their experience evidenced the excellent work of the teams at the libraries.”

Citation for the Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Learning Resource Centre;

The award is made for a new build which sensitively and imaginatively incorporates an original 1930’s building, retaining many of the original features and using them to enhance the space which works both aesthetically and functionally. This sustainable solution to a space problem places the Learning Resource Centre firmly at the centre of the campus and embedded into teaching practice.

Meticulous planning and attention to detail have gone into the project demonstrating the sense of ownership and dedication of the staff involved.  The needs of students and staff on this campus have been amply met, as has the aim of blurring the boundaries between study and work in the creative industries and professions.

Walter Lilly are pleased to have been part of this successful project delivery team and look forward to building on and continuing our excellent relationships with the procurement team, staff and students at Kingston University.



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