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An outline of the praticalities of the redesign of the LRC at the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham West Sussex. Presented at the CoFHE Southern event "New Learning Spaces" at University of ...

An outline of the praticalities of the redesign of the LRC at the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham West Sussex. Presented at the CoFHE Southern event "New Learning Spaces" at University of Portsmouth, Frewen Library on Wednesday 21st March 2007

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  • Aims: Quickly through the process od designing & building Look at some of the design features Consider what worked wel and what not so well Not an expert; very little information around at the time – visited several libraries & talked to people & took lots of photos

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Library Design: The Collyer’s Experience
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Collyer’s LRC 2001
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Why New Build?
    • Successful LRC – well used & popular
    • But in terms of size – just about the smallest in the sector at 255sqm
    • Good inspection report & a new principal who wanted a project
    • Funding likely from the Mercer’s Company & the LSC if we could tick the right boxes
    • Nowhere we could convert & general shortage of space
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Design Objectives
    • Building with a “wow factor”, but it had to fit in with other college buildings
    • One stop shop for students
    • Accessible; attractive; comfortable; secure learning environment with modern IT facilities
    • Flexible space; zoning for different modes of study; good sight lines; could be used by AE for evening teaching
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Constraints
    • Restricted building footprint – so had to be on 3 floors
    • Internal lifts & stairs for security of stock, but these take up space & incur sight line problems
    • No increased staffing built in – therefore, visibility & good CCTV essential
    • Tight budget
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 The Process Dec 2000 – Wrote Specification Jan 2001 - Architects Chosen Mar 2001 – Initial Design
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Process Cont’ 2001 – 2002 Design process continued & some consultation with staff & students Plans on website for all to see – asked for feedback, but little received. Ran focus group with students from college council
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Nov 2002 – 2003 building takes 1 year to complete
    • Cost 1.7 million to build
    • Fixtures & fittings £60,000 + IT costs of £100,000
    • Student PCs = 61(of which 42 are open access)
    • Silent Study spaces = 60
    • Group Study spaces = 40
    Thursday, May 28, 2009 LRC statistics
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009
    • Zoning of areas
    • lrclrc.htm
    • Ground floor – general student enquiries; coffee bar & vending; study support; offices
    • 1 st floor – group & seminar rooms; IT rooms; main desk; some library stock – quiet group work
    • 2nd floor – main library; private study; some IT – silent individual work
    • i.e. group areas floor 1 & silent areas floor2
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 DDA
    • Wheelchair accessible – push button for front doors
    • Lift access to all floors
    • Wheelchair accessible workstations on each floor
    • Different height counters
    • Strong colour contrasts for chairs / carpet
    • Induction loop system for all desks
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Photos of Collyer’s LRC
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Things we learnt 1
    • Architect & electro mechanical data sheets – need real attention to detail
    • Vital to read a plan & architectural drawings – always check drawings (a scale rule is very useful)
    • Must date each revision of design plans
    • Vital to have furniture planners that you trust
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Things we learnt 2
    • The building looks smaller than you imagine during building – don’t worry!
    • Must make sure the architects & the E/M engineers have furniture plans – check the position of all sockets & switches during planning
    • Must get on site, especially at the fitting out stage – builders & architects don’t always agree, sometimes you have to make too quick a decision, which later you regret
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 Moving
    • Action plans & moving schedules are vital
    • Plan the closure & emergency service provisions if moving in term time
    • Plan the stock move in detail
    • Get teaching staff & students onside
    • Virtual LRC introduction for students & cheese & wine opening for staff
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 What went well?
    • The enormous amount of planning & attention to detail paid off – move was extremely smooth & few problems in terms of planning & design
    • Students loved it – occupancy doubled; issues rose 10%; satisfaction rates rose for all measures
    • Victims of our success – PC demand increases exponentially –next thing is WiFi enabled laptops
  • Thursday, May 28, 2009 And not so well
    • It took a long time to settle the “group” study room
    • Many more users but they didn’t all understand the concept of study & quiet work!
    • Automatic opening windows & no over-ride, which had been requested in the specification
    • A few minor items such as position of some sockets; interference to induction loops etc.
    • Coffee bar didn’t work & now meeting area
    • – but you only learn by experience & it was a great experience.