Having carried out the original library installation in 1999 we helped the Holy Cross College with the feasibility and design of the new, ‘double in size’, library and study space, prior to competitive tender.
On winning the tender, we set about delivering the brief to come up with a library space which combined modern styling yet retaining the traditional requirements of a University-style library. The space was designed to encourage students to work in a quiet environment but also keep a level of group study. Giving the opportunity for the use of own devices was also a priority.
Logistically we moved, stored and upcycled some of the original Bomefa shelving then added extra shelving runs with new berry coloured end panels bringing the look together.
For furnishing we used products which combined form and function and in some cases promote quiet study (study carrels and sawtooth IT positions). We also specified products and fabrics to add in accent colours.
Edwina Salmon, Librarian said: “Students now have their own delineated space. It’s working amazingly well and it’s so nice to see students walk in, stop and say ‘Wow!’. We now have more space and we are really, really happy with it. It meets everyone’s needs”.