The Templeman Library, located in the centre of the University of Kent’s campus in Canterbury, was in need of expansion and refurbishment after the University’s growth in popularity saw more students attending.
The new extension and refurbishment provides various learning and support spaces. The open access teaching floor includes a lecture theatre with over 200 seats, exhibition space, 6 seminar rooms, 2 digital classrooms, group rooms, a conference catering and resource facility and a café. These additions increased the previous size of the library by 5,000m2.
The work was undertaken all while the library was still open to staff and students, therefore, the programme of works was complex and built around the University’s needs.
A ‘Find a study space’ service has been included in the Templeman Library to let students know onscreen where there are free spaces. The library has four entrances allowing easy access from whatever part of the university you are travelling from.
This scheme was proudly awarded the 2017 Graphisoft UK BIM, Public Sector of the Year Award.