David Wilson Library, University of Leicester

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David Wilson Library, University of Leicester

University expansion and functionality changes required the existing 1970’s library to be completely refurbished, extended and fitted out. In addition to the upgrading of the internal environment, to meet the Universities aspirations, the project required a thought provoking and complimentary addition to the existing high quality campus landscape. The current library facilities were maintained, throughout the project, with certain essential services requiring continuous provision. The planned growth of the University and the attraction of enhanced facilities will require the library to service over 22,000 students. A BREEAM rating of excellent was achieved.

The project provided a state of the art, flexible, aesthetically pleasing, light airy, library environment. Including book storage, lending facilities, quiet study areas, group study areas, ICT access areas, display areas for art work and special collections, bookshop, café, academic office and tutorial space. All contained within approximately 9,000m2 of refurbished and 6,000m2 of new space. Study spaces have been expanded to 1500 seats, with a dedicated 200 seat postgraduate area and 38km’s of shelving housing 950,000 volumes. New RFID book tagging technology has been utilised. Planning permission was granted in eight weeks despite being a sensitive location adjacent to listed buildings.


RIBA Architecture Award 2009
BCO Re-cycled Workplace Awards 2009
RIBA East Midlands Architecture Award 2008
Leicester Civic Society: Building of the Year Awards 2008
PROCON Leicestershire Property Awards: Building of the Year 2008


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