92% satisfaction level recorded for new college library
Demco worked with College team on the interior design and furnishings
Wakefield College’s new library is part of the redevelopment of its Margaret Street site. The ┬ú7.6 million build also houses dedicated sixth form learning spaces, cafe and higher education teaching spaces.
To inform the design of the new library the College team listened to students through consultative groups and the annual College Library survey.
Feedback showed that the main thing the students wanted was a separate silent study room. Senior Librarian Helen Sherwood said ÔÇ£silent study space went out of fashion for a while but it has been the main issue that students have had about out study environment.ÔÇØ Areas for group study and comfy seating also scored highly on the list.
Demco library design consultant, Jacqui Smith and Demco designer, Ian Hazell, worked with the College library and estates team to create a library that realised the dream and led to student satisfaction levels soaring: The College 2013 User Survey saw a 38% increase in satisfaction with the study environment (good or excellent) rising from a 54% in 2012 to 92%.
Differentiated learning spaces were key objectives and the project Estates team took this on board helping to secure a multi floor layout. Helen adds: ÔÇ£We wanted the look and feel of the floors to be different from each other – emphasised by different colour schemesÔÇØ.
With her background in interior design Jacqui is a colour expert enthusiast and proposed lime green, grey, turquoise, orange and pink to define the different levels and set the mood music for each floor.
On the busy ground floor is a counter, group study tables, vocational resources and a large computer space. The first floor is quieter with small study tables, academic resources, smaller banks of computers and a small IT classroom and on the second floor mezzanine a bookable IT teaching space.
Helen was very complimentary about the service she and her team received from Demco: ÔÇ£Jacqui has been extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process. If you almost know someone’s mobile number by heart you know you are in regular contact! The trip down to the Demco showroom was really useful – it firmed up some ideas and changed others. Ian Hazell was also really helpful when looking at some of the design specificsÔÇØ
Helen has the last word: ÔÇ£We love it!ÔÇØ
Images courtesy of photography students at Wakefield College.
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10 June 2013
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