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New Library at the University of Bedfordshire / MCW Architects


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  • Undertaking Supervisor: AECOM
  • Mep Engineers: AECOM
  • Civil & Structural Engineers: AECOM
  • Making plans Advisor: Fisher German
  • Contractor: Willmott Dixon Development
  • Consumer: College of Bedfordshire
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Textual content description equipped by way of the architects. The brand new library for the College of Bedfordshire is a crucial step within the on-going regeneration in their city centre campus in Luton.

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The availability of this 6,950m2 construction minimises the affect of long run stages of redevelopment at the scholar revel in throughout the relocation of this core task right into a brand-new facility, positioned at a point of interest between educational house and new residential lodging. The College has consulted extensively with the scholars and checked out similar fresh new library schemes each in the United Kingdom and international. 

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The construction displays the College’s aspiration for an effective, severe and scholarly position that helps and allows enhancements in educational and institutional efficiency.
The imaginative and prescient for the scheme was once to create a facility that:

  • Complements the recognition of the College of Bedfordshire

  • Is adaptable to converting finding out and instructing patterns

  • Supplies a very good surroundings for college students and personnel

  • Is inclusive and inviting to all

  • Is relaxed and simple to make use of   

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The website online is difficult on account of the to be had ‘footprint’, leading to a quite tall construction at 9 flooring. Taking this facet as a possibility, silent learn about areas on every of the higher flooring make a ‘learn about wall’ with very good perspectives and sunlight while satisfying the expanding call for by way of scholars for extra silent running house. The greater scale of this website online were established with the Native Authority throughout the Building Framework that the College had in the past agreed.

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The College have been prepared to create a powerful civic gesture. MCW labored carefully with Thorp Precast to expand a easy, powerful language of precast concrete cladding. Lengthy span coffered slabs generate huge spaces of column loose house at every ground. A double top front house addresses the street-scape and incorporates a suspended mezzanine stage the place scholars can meet with the educational toughen workforce.  

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The venture was once delivered throughout the authentic venture price range allocation and opened to scholars forward of the educational 12 months 2016/17. The construction has completed BREEAM Very good.
The scheme performs a very important function in how the College can extra successfully have interaction with the area people and town-centre. The bottom ground café and knowledge get right of entry to house is absolutely glazed providing a welcoming, publicly available surroundings.

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“MCW had been extraordinarily efficient at running carefully with the College as a real spouse. They have got been and can proceed to be instrumental in advising, supporting and actively making our campus redevelopment the luck that it’s. Their skill to supply thought to be strategic considering in addition to take a lead function within the design and supply of rising tasks is a precious be offering.” — Ash Carline – Head of Main Initiatives College of Bedfordshire

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