JB MORRELL LIBRARY & HARRY FAIRHURST BUILDING UNIVERSITY OF YORK
THE PRACTICE WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE UNIVERSITY'S ESTATES DEPARTMENT, TO UNDERTAKE A DETAILED REVIEW OF THE EXISTING LIBRARY ACCOMMODATION AND ASSIST THE LONG TERM MANAGEMENT OF A PROGRAMME OF ASBESTOS REMOVAL, REFURBISHMENT AND RECONFIGURATION OF SPACE.
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESSFUL WORK ON THE JB MORRELL LIBRARY, THE PRACTICE WAS ALSO COMMISSIONED TO DEVELOP DESIGNS FOR THE HARRY FAIRHURST BUILDING REFURBISHING THE EXISTING THREE-STOREY BUILDING AND CONVERTING IT INTO A MODERN LEARNING AND RESEARCH FACILITY.
We developed a strong understanding of the Libraries business and function proposing architectural alterations along with new working methods.
Design flair was applied to the arrangement to give clear understanding of the use and expectations of each volume. Social spaces for groups and private study rooms demanded individual and very different attention to ensure the designs responded to the space available and prescribed the behavioural expectations of occupants.
Our Interior Design team managed a programme of engagement to help shape the Teams understanding of each volume and establish a “brand” for the Library & Archive. The brand referenced 'colour' and 'tone' to reinforce the professional nature of the institute and incorporated fonts, textures and room labelling to further describe the atmosphere of the Library.
The refurbished building provides IT-rich study and research areas, and its location (linked directly to the JB Morrell Library) allows students and researchers access to a large number of new spaces, including reading areas, group studies, open collaborative zones, specialist research areas and research hotel. The research hotel 'concept' is a suite of bookable rooms that visiting academic staff or researchers can reserve for their exclusive use as temporary areas for working. Each room features power, wireless networking, desk space and furniture.
The IT Support Office, IT Training and Academic Liaison teams are also based on the first floor of the building alongside the E-learning Development and Learning Enhancement Teams, providing IT, study and research support. The building has WiFi access throughout and also includes new printing and photocopying facilities
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