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Laidlaw Library

ADP was appointed as architect and lead consultant to develop the design of the new undergraduate library at the University of Leeds. The new £16.1m library houses predominantly undergraduate library facilities, previously located in the Edward Boyle Library on the main campus. We were also asked to assist in the wider future strategy and business case for the university’s libraries as a whole.

ADP’s new undergraduate library is designed to provide 1000 reader seats, flexible training rooms, a skills zone, community classrooms and café, plus flexible space for 6800 linear metres of book stock.

The design creates a highly sustainable landmark building that provides an IT-rich and flexible facility. This improves the current student experience, and exceeds new student expectations on an important site for both the university and the city of Leeds. The library is positioned within a Conservation Area, surrounded by listed buildings and will be the first city-fronting building the university has commissioned for over 30 years.

The design approach has been to create a building that accommodates the undergraduate library in one distinct volume that has an atrium as a social ‘heart ‘space. The entrance and social learning spaces spill into this atrium. On the upper floors, the group study spaces are located directly off the atrium, providing critical spaces for the development of a ‘knowledge share’ culture. Quieter book stock and study areas are located on the upper floors, affording dramatic views towards the campus and the city.

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DETAILS

CLIENT:

University of Leeds

LOCATION:

Leeds

STUDIO:

Manchester

TYPE:

New Build
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VALUE:

£16.1m

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STATUS:

Complete

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