The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects,
19 Project Architect Jim Eyre and Geoff Turner
20 Type of project renovation
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Refurbishment and partial rebuild of Grade II listed building.

The New Bodleian Library Project has three key objectives:
The refurbishment of the stack floors to create improved storage spaces for special collections mitigating the risks of fire and internal flooding. These refurbished spaces will comply with the British Standard, and with the National Archives Standard for Record Repositories.
Provision of new research facilities that provide seminar and group study spaces, enhanced interaction with digital technologies, provision for graduate students and visiting scholars, supporting the externally-funded research projects.
Enhanced facilities for engaging the general public through exhibitions and events.
c special features
22 Site The New Bodleian Library situated in the centre of the City of Oxford at heart of the historic University of Oxford. It is part of an important cityscape and is surrounded by Grade I Listed buildings including the Clarendon Building (Nicholas Hawksmoor) and the Sheldonian Theatre (Sir Christopher Wren).
23 Architecture The building is a Grade II Listed building of ‘special interest’. Built in 1937-39 to a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, it is rectangular in plan on a grid of 13.5’. It is comprised of an eleven-storey central Bookstack surrounded by three-storey accommodation for offices and reading rooms. The central Bookstack is formed from in situ concrete on a steel frame, the outer accommodation is pre-cast concrete on a steel frame. The refurbishment project entails the complete removal and replacement of the central core of the stack, the insertion of a new entrance on the south side of the building and a large public atrium, with two new exhibition galleries. The new stack will have 4 hours of fire protection and environmental control to BS5454:2000.