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01 Nov 2013

ADP Library Design Wins Prestigious Award

Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church University has won the prestigious Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Library Design Award.

The ADP-designed library and The McClay Library, Queen’s’ University Belfast were announced as joint winners for 2013, with the Library at University of the West of Scotland and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) taking the honours in the smaller buildings category.

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

Liz Waller, chair of the judging panel, said “Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church combines modern design with sensitivity to its historic location by the city walls. It provides flexible and inspiring learning environments which put the student first." 


Full citation for Augustine House Learning and Student Services Centre, Canterbury Christ Church University:

This award is made for a new, modern building that remains sensitive to its historic location by the city walls. Augustine House brings together the physical resources of the Library with flexible and inspiring learning environments and a single point of enquiry for student-facing services, putting into practice the university’s ‘student-first’ ethos.

The extensive use of glass gives exciting views to the rest of the building and the city beyond from the internal bridges on each floor across the light-filled atrium. Accessibility and inclusion were integral to the design of this sustainable building; a flagship venue for the University and local community. Engagement of staff in service development alongside the thoughtful planning of the space has delivered substantial increases in student satisfaction and Library use.

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