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The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community
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The Worcester Library and History Centre: a Shared Vision, a Single Community

Roger Fairman, University of Worcester (UK)

The Worcester Library & History Centre (WLHC) is, we believe, a globally unique project. It will bring together five information based services with the aim of providing the people of Worcester and its surrounding region with an integrated facility that will combine the main library of the University of Worcester, the Worcester Central Public Library, The Worcestershire County Record Office, the Worcestershire County Archaeology Service and the Worcester City Customer Service Centre (one-stop-shop for inquiries about local government services).

Apart from the range of services involved, other significant elements of the project include: the high degree of integration; its desire to inspire users through high quality architecture to explore services they have not used before; and its stringent environmental targets. The physical location of the building will allow the design to emphasize links between the University and the City acting as a bridge between the two, reflecting one of the projects core concepts; that all the present and potential users of these services are not one dimensional entities but rather multi-faceted individuals.

By June 2009 the project will be into the build period with a target of the first users walking through the doors in 2011. This paper will describe the design journey undertaken by the project team, illustrating how they & the wider staffs of the five services have, and are, working together to meet the many challenges presented by this exciting vision, and some of the solutions proposed in the final design.
Roger Fairman is in Library Services Development, Information & Learning Services, University of Worcester

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  • 1. The Worcester Library and History Centre: A Shared Vision – A Single Community Roger Fairman M.Sc., P.G.Dip.Lib., B.Sc., MCLIP Inspiration, Innovation, Celebration: an Entrepreneurial Conference for Librarians. June 3-4, 2009, University of North Carolina, Greensboro campus.
  • 2. Roger Fairman
    • Library Services Development
    • Dept. of Information and Learning Services
    • University of Worcester, UK
    • Full time secondment to the Worcester Library & History Centre project
  • 3. Coming in this Presentation….
    • Introductions
    • The Vision
    • The Design Process
    • Design Solutions – case studies
    • Service Developments
    • Summary
    • Questions
  • 4. The City of Worcester
    • Cathedral City & Historic County Town of Worcestershire
  • 5. The City of Worcester
    • Cathedral City & Historic County Town of Worcestershire
    • Saw the first & last battles of the English Civil Wars.
  • 6. The City of Worcester
    • Cathedral City & Historic County Town of Worcestershire
    • Saw the first & last battles of the English Civil Wars .
    • Population around 100,000 & thriving city centre
    Bob Embleton Bob Embleton Bob Embleton Bob Embleton Photo by Bob Embleton
  • 7. The City of Worcester
    • Cathedral City & Historic County Town of Worcestershire
    • Saw the first & last battles of the English Civil Wars.
    • Population around 100,000 & thriving city centre
    • Home to several major sports teams
  • 8. The Project - Genesis
    • Minutes of the WCC and UCW Liaison meeting 4th February 2003, 2.30pm – County Hall
    • DB Partnership with WCC new library / record office site can be explored. Need to consider the impact of the UCW library, or a large part of it.
    • TP Partnership certainly worth considering – the business case will have to be right, there are certain space restrictions with regards to required square footage for public library / record office.
    • Deloitte & Touche working on a statement of need for library and record office for PFI – UCW will be formally consulted as part of this process.
  • 9. The Project To transform this.........
  • 10. The Project Into This… Grant Associates LLP Landscape Architect
  • 11. The Project - Funding
    • Private Finance Initiative
      • £m 40.89 ($m65) PFI credits
      • £m10 ($m16) Higher Education Funding Council – England (HEFCE)
      • £m 7.1 ($m11) Advantage West Midlands
    • Other specific funding will be sought for elements of the project e.g. to support the Arts Strategy.
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 12. The Joint Project Team (JPT)
    • University Library
    • Public Library
    • Record Office
    • History Centre
    • Archaeology Service
    • Customer Service Centre
    • Regional Development Agency
    • Project Manager
    • Technical Advisors
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 13. University of Worcester
    • 1946: Established as an Emergency Teacher Training College ; subsequently developed as a training college under the aegis of the University of Birmingham.
    • 1970s: Adopted the title Worcester College of Higher Education , with degrees validated by the CNAA.
    • 1995: Herefordshire and Worcestershire College of Nursing and Midwifery was absorbed into Worcester College of Higher Education.
    • 1997: Adopted the title of University College Worcester , on achieving degree-awarding powers from the Privy Council for all its taught courses.
    • 2005: Adopts the title University of Worcester , on being awarded full university status by the Privy Council.
  • 14. University of Worcester
    • 80% undergraduate
    • 19% taught postgraduate
    • 1% postgraduate research
    • 74% mature (over 25)
    • 2007/08 figures
    • 40% - Institute of Education
    • 21% - Institute of Health, Social Care & Psychology
    • 12% - Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
    • 11% - Worcester Business School
    • 7% - Institute of Science and the Environment
    • 9% - Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
      •  
    Student Population 7,749 students (5,505 ftes) projected to be 12,000 by 2011/12
  • 15. University of Worcester … a derelict hospital into… … a 21 st Century campus In response to this sustained expansion UW is undertaking a £m125 ($m 200) project to transform…..
  • 16. Worcestershire County Council Public Library Record Office History Centre Archaeology
  • 17. Worcester Central library
    • Which is unfortunately totally unsuited to the demands of a modern library service
    • Provides only 25% of the IFLA recommended floor space for its catchment population (1,000 m 2 vs 4,000 m 2 )
    • Cramped and unable to display some fascinating special collections.
    • Increasingly on the periphery of the changing urban landscape of Worcester
    Wonderful piece of Civic architecture
  • 18. Worcestershire County Record Office
    • Urgent need for expansion
    • Record Office (original documents)
    • County Hall campus on the periphery of the city.
    • 20% of original material held at two other locations up to 75 miles away due to lack of space, with a third to be introduced shortly due to continued growth.
    • History Centre (Local & Family History – mainly secondary & surrogate documents)
    • The new building will combine the two public branches and allow all the collections to be stored in one place for the first time in Record Office history.
  • 19. Worcestershire Historic Environment & Archaeology Service
    • Currently located on University of Worcester Campus
    • Links with University through involvement in degree courses in Archaeology & the Historic Environment.
    • Seeking higher public profile
    • Opportunity to work more closely with the Record Office and the Customer service centre
  • 20. Customer Service Centre
    • One stop shop service for information relating to Local Government Services.
    • Shared service between Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and Surrounding District Councils.
    • Need for larger, custom built accommodation.
    • Already some experience of co-location within Libraries (e.g. Malvern)
    • Significantly different customer base from the university and public library.
  • 21. The Vision “ There are ten key principles that should underpin how we will turn our vision into reality through excellent design.” WLHC Detailed Design statement 2007 Inspiration Connection Aspiration Learning Integration Inclusivity Enduring Values Well-being Sustainability Visibility
  • 22. The Vision - Connection
    • Project is seen as both a physical and metaphorical bridge linking the City & the University : “Town with Gown”
  • 23. The Vision - Connection
    • Physical Connections
    • Desire Lines Developed
    • Linking:-
      • St Johns Campus
      • Worcester Riverside
      • City Centre Campus
      • Worcester Library & History Centre
      • Worcester City Centre
  • 24. The Vision - Connection
    • New Generations to Ancient texts
    • Ideas to Business Plans
    • People to Skills
    • The Curious to Learning
    • Libraries to New Audiences
    • The Disadvantaged to The Community
    • Questions to Answers
  • 25. The Vision - Aspiration
    • Externally
    • Using striking architecture and innovative landscape design to create a destination for all.
    To raise aspirations within the community. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 26. The Vision - Aspiration
    • Externally
    • Using striking architecture and innovative landscape design to create a destination for all.
    • Internally
    • Using high quality design to bring together a range of information based services in such a way that their physical adjacencies promote curiosity and a desire to explore different cultural and learning experiences.
    To raise aspirations within the community. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 27. The Vision - Aspiration
    • That a disaffected teenager, encouraged into the building to “chill out” with her friends by an area equipped with computers, music listening facilities and graphic novels might through experiencing an adjacent social learning / café area come to feel that they are not out of place in a University environment.
  • 28. The Vision - Aspiration
    • We anticipate that the Presence of the Customer Service Centre, or Hub, will bring a significant range of people into the building who would not necessarily consider visiting a library – let alone a university library.
    • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    • Inviting entrance & reception
    • Clear signage
    • Designed for transparency
    • Taster collections
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 29. The Vision - Sustainability
    • “ The Project Partners aspire to the carbon neutral delivery of services through this development. Their practical experience in implementing their Carbon management Plans and also the design and construction of associated infrastructure improvements lead them to believe that the environmental performance of this project can be an exemplar of best practice.”
    • WLHC Detailed Design Statement 2007
    Very challenging environmental performance targets Max Fordham Consulting Engineers
  • 30. The Vision - Sustainability
    • We were looking for:
    • One quarter the CO2 emissions of an average library.
    • A BREEAM score of “Excellent”
    • ( B uilding R esearch E stablishment E nvironmental A ssessment M ethod)
    • The US equivalent to BREEAM is the US Green Building Council assessment method (LEED).
    • The buildings environmental performance to be modelled against climate predictions for 2020 & 2050
  • 31. The Vision - Sustainability
    • Design Solutions
    • Naturally Ventilated Building
    • Use of thermal mass of the building to mediate temperature variations
    • Cooling from prevailing winds passing over innovative soft landscape
    • Peak cooling requirements met by use of water from the River Severn
    • Use of Biomass boilers burning sustainable, locally produced, wood chips
    • Design for potential future installation of CHP boilers & Photovoltaic panels
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 32. The Design Process
    • Early Meetings
    • Stakeholder Consultation 1
    • Detailed Design Statement
    • PFI & Competitive Dialog
    • Stakeholder Consultation 2
    • Service development workstreams
  • 33. Early Meetings
    • First joint staff meeting held in Jan. 2005
    • Small groups of senior management & operational staff.
    • Brainstorming - Concepts, Synergies, Benefits and Challenges.
    • Building mutual trust and confidence.
  • 34. Stakeholder Consultation
    • Phase 1
    • Essential to success of project.
    • Wide ranging
    • Meaningful – we have listened and acted
    • Informed the DDS
  • 35. Detailed Design Statement
    • Contents:-
    • Introduction
    • Turning Vision into Reality
    • Site Information
    • Urban design Principles
    • Building Organisation
    • Access for All
    • Sustainability
    • ICT
  • 36. Detailed Design Statement
    • “ The Statement is not intended to be prescriptive. It is intended both as a tool for design development and as an aid to the evaluation of design proposals.
    • The success of the Statement will ultimately be measured by the final outcome; however what we seek most at this stage is a constructive, challenging response to our analysis, views and ideas.”
    • WLHC Detailed Design Statement 2007
  • 37. PFI & Competitive Dialog
    • 2 year process from OJEU contract notice to Financial Close / start of construction.
    • Includes 2 periods of “Competitive Dialogue”
    • Comprised detailed iterative design meetings with the 3 competing consortia – all discussions are subject to “commercial confidentiality”
    • [extended by 6 months due
    • to Slow Worms !!]
  • 38. Stakeholder Consultation
    • Phase 2
    • Post preferred bidder
    • More tightly focused
    • Must still be meaningful – we will only consult where the outcome can still be affected.
  • 39. Design Solutions – Case Studies
    • Differentiated study zones
    • Children’s & Young People’s Areas
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 40. Differentiated Study Zones
    • Concentrated Individual
    • Concentrated Group
    • Enquiry Based Learning
    • Social Learning
    • Social
  • 41. Differentiated study zones Vertical separation Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 42. Differentiated study zones
    • Level 0
    • Cafe
    • Social Study
    • Youth (13-19) zone
    • Terrace
    Photo by John Wilsher Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 43. Differentiated study zones
    • Level 1.5
    • History Centre
    • Meeting Rooms
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 44. Differentiated study zones Level 2 Main Adult Library Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 45. Differentiated study zones Level 3 Main Adult Library “ Silent Zone” Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 46. Children’s & Young People’s Areas
    • Separate areas for children and 13 -19 age group
    • Designed to allow users from toddlers to teenagers to find an environment & material to suit them.
    • Children’s Library is adjacent to:-
      • A “parents” area with small leisure & ‘parenting’ collections
      • A multi purpose space
  • 47. Children’s & Young People’s Areas
    • did not identify with “Children’s Library”
    • focused more on a “welcoming environment” rather than “physical design”
    • an area separate from adult users
    • an environment where they would not be “told off” for being noisy.
    • unobtrusive security
    • connections between the inside & outside
    • Wi-Fi connectivity
    13 – 19 year olds Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 48. Children’s & Young People’s Areas
    • easy access and storage for baby buggies
    • proximity to toilets & baby changing
    • proximity to catering outlet
    • an area separate from adult users
    • an environment where they would not be “told off” for being noisy
    • unobtrusive security
    • connections between the inside & outside
    Children’s area
  • 49. Service Development Workstreams
    • Promotion / Expectation Management
    • Reader Terms & Conditions
    • Legal
    • Retail
    • Decant
    • Services
    • Staffing [Governance & Structures]
    • Stock
    • ICT [infrastructure / systems / user support]
    • Identity Management
    • Virtual Services
    • Arts & Culture
    • Children & Young People
    • Lifelong Learning / Digital Literacy
    • Widening Participation / Outreach / Social Inclusion
  • 50. Staffing – Governance & Structures JVCo Partnership
  • 51. ICT & Identity Management
    • Corporate system security
    • Levels of ICT support to different user groups
    • Internet filtering policies
    • Identity management
      • Expectation management
      • License management
  • 52. Reader Terms and Conditions
    • Who can borrow what & for how long
    • Fines & charges
    • Behavior Management
  • 53. A unique & exciting project
    • Unique ? – yes we still think so
    • ~ Range of services
    • ~ Degree of integration
    • ~ Sustainability targets
    • Exciting ?
    • – unquestionably
    Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios LLP
  • 54. Thank you for listening
    • Questions
    • Contact Details
    • Roger Fairman
    • [email_address]
    • Project website
    • http://www.wlhc.org.uk/index.html

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