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Durham University

Accommodation & Estates Developments

Library learning café and study spaces

Status: Underway

Work due to begin: April 2018 (100 new study places)

Work due to be completed: Epiphany Term, 2019

Cost: £1.5 million

Partners: GSSArchitecture; Couch, Perry & Wilkes; Billinghurst, George & Partners and Identity Consult

Brief: To reorganise space within the Bill Bryson Library to create 200 additional study spaces, to relocate the Library Cafe into the eDen space, and relocate the CIS Help Desk

Project sponsor: Professor Claire Warwick

Estates project manager: Simon Watt

More information:

The relocation of academic programmes and colleges from Queen’s Campus in Stockton to Durham City is an integral part of the Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027. The aim is to improve both the quality of the educational programmes we deliver and also the wider student experience. Study space and catering provision are significant student experience deliverables.

The two core objectives of the project are to maintain the current ratio of students to study spaces as student numbers in Durham City increase and to improve the availability of catering and space for students to eat in the Bill Bryson Library. Space within the Bill Bryson Library will be re-organised

  • to create 200 additional study spaces
  • the Library Café will be relocated into the eDen space on level 2
  • and the CIS Help Desk will be relocated into the existing Library Café space in summer 2018.

The project will also increase the facilities available for students with disabilities. The Library currently has one dedicated room with specialist equipment and the project will allow for up to four rooms to be available with the range of equipment and facilities needed to support the wide range of needs.

Work to create the first additional 100 study spaces has been completed.

The project is due to be completed in Epiphany Term, 2019.

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