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23 JUN 2016

Laidlaw Library Wins National RIBA Award

ADP’s new undergraduate library for the University of Leeds is announced as a national winner of an RIBA award

We are delighted that our design of the Laidlaw Library for the University of Leeds has been announced as a winner of an RIBA national award, following the building’s success at regional level.

The new library, positioned between two listed stone churches and close to the iconic Parkinson Building, uses Portland stone and glass to complement its historic context whilst retaining a distinct and contemporary identity. The diverse range of learning spaces and integration of technology provides undergraduate students and the wider Leeds community  with an inspirational learning environment.

A low energy strategy was central to the approach, delivered through client and design team collaboration, reflected in its BREEAM Excellent rating.

Our landscape team enhanced the public realm with new hard and soft landscaping integrating the new building into its historic setting.

The RIBA judges noted that the design was 'extremely complex but rigorously executed in all manner of detail’, concluding that ‘all in all this is a controlled and hugely accomplished piece of architecture.’

The scheme was also highly commended at the RICS Yorkshire and Humber 2016 awards earlier this year, and was recently voted the ‘Top ADP Project of the past 50 years’ by staff members, as part of ADP’s 50th Year celebrations.


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