Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment – University of Leeds
Edward Boyle Library is a Grade II listed modernist concrete building completed in 1975 that was extended in 1996.
The design proposal was to aim to differentiate the fit-out from the campus’ other two main libraries by focusing on post-graduate student requirements. The top floor of the library has been converted to a dedicated Post Graduate and Research Suite which will also provide better working facilities for interdisciplinary research groups and for visiting scholars. Consolidation of the book collection to 12.6 linear kilometres through the increased use of compact rolling stack and off-site storage released floor area to provide an additional 200 reader spaces. A public café facility enhances the arrival experience and extensive reglazing of solid external walls at ground and first floor levels opens up the facility visually and increases daylighting internally. New three-dimensional signage improves the legibility of the entrance from the varying approach routes around the building.
The library forms part of a much wider group of listed buildings designed by Chamberlin Powell & Bon and constructed in the 1960s and early 70s.
Along with mechanical and electrical systems the improvements, the energy performance of the building has been significantly improved through new secondary glazing, internally applied insulation and airtightness improvement works.
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