Edward Boyle Library

Edward Boyle Library is a Grade II listed modernist concrete building completed in 1975 that was extended in 1996. Associated Architects was appointed to design a comprehensive refurbishment of the building. The brief was to provide a library of quality appropriate for a research-intensive university of the 21st century, increase NSS survey scores, and cater for an increasing student population.

The proposals aim to differentiate the fit-out from the campus’s other two main libraries by focusing on post-graduate student requirements. The top floor of the library will be 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. To assist in securing planning permission for the library refurbishment works Associated Architects liaised directly with the sole remaining partner of Chamberlin Powell & Bon and compiled a comprehensive Statement of Heritage Significance.

Along with mechanical and electrical systems the improvements, the energy performance of the building will be significantly improved through new secondary glazing, internally applied insulation and airtightness improvement works. Using the BREEAM 2014 accreditation methodology the refurbishment is targeting an Excellent rating and is likely to be one of the first under the new standard.

Client: University of Leeds
Project Value: £15m
Completion: January 2017
BREEAM: Excellent

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