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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll Centre / Kingston University
3 Address Knights Park campusGrange RdKT1 2QJ
4 Phone / Fax / Email (020 8417-4052
5 Name of the director of the library Graham Bulpitt
6 Contact person for enquiries (Rowan Williamson)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 39 626
8 Number of full time students 20 745
9 Number of part time students 3 975
10 Number of staff in institution 0
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 772 sq meters
12 Number of reader seats 158
13 Total capacity of shelving 1 450 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 1 374 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 76 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 10
17 Opening hours to the public average of 61 hours per week, 351 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Pascall + Watson,
19 Project Architect Geoff Walton
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project The relocation of the LRC from the first floor to the ground floor aimed to create a brand new interdisciplinary learning zone at the heart of the campus. This has been designed to create a hub for students services, with a natural flow between the various services on offer.
c special features
22 Site The building is 1930s and is located on the banks of a small river, The Hogsmill, cretaing a very rural and peaceful atmosphere despite its proximity to Kingston town centre.
23 Architecture The project was ambitious as it took a quadrangle with an open air centre and glassed over it, creating a brand new atrium space, light, airy, and visually dramatic. The original 1930s brickwork has been cleaned up and left exposed instead of plastered and painted, which has created the feeling of bringing the outside in, as well as creating continuity between the old and the new.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 951 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 799 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 0
27 Computers
28 Special collections 41 m²
29 Seminar room(s) 31 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 0
31 Lecture hall 0
32 Public refreshments 0
33 Administration and staff areas 26 m²
34 Closed access stacks 0
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc.
36 Further information Ground floor only
37 Number of reader seats (total) 165
divided into
38 Audiovisual 0
39 Computers 41
40 Seminar room(s) 12
41 Regular 112
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 1 113 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 1 037 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 76 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 810 linear metres
46 Audiovisual materials 57 linear metres
47 Other static shelving 303 linear metres
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 10
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning The building now has the capacity to operate intelligently – for example when the external conditions are right the windows will open automatically to keep the LRC cool and reduce the need for mechanical cooling. The building can also cool itself at night in the same way which further reduces the need for mechanical cooling during the day. When additional cooling is needed, highly efficient chilled beams are used which minimise associated CO2 emissions.
50 Heating The original areas of the building have been insulated to the same standards as would be required for a new building thus reducing the building’s heating needs.
The glazing for the atrium roof has a high performance solar coating and graduated frit pattern to maximise daylight and minimise heat gain.
51 Lighting All lighting in the new building includes occupancy and daylight sensors which means it is only on when needed.
52 Acoustics Ecofon panels have been used to reduce noise throughout. Sletted wood cladding with a noise absorbtion material padding between the wooden slats will reduce noise in the atrium.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators None
54 Book transportation system None
55 Theft detection RFID gates are used at the entrance with gunnebo barriers and Intellident security tags in the stock.
56 Building management system The building management system regulates the heating and cooling system, opening and closing windows automatically according to temperature.
The development was designed to achieve a ‘Good’ BREEAM rating incorporating measures to improve the overall energy performance of the Quadrangle Building and supplying 20% of the building’s energy needs through clean renewable sources.
A plasma screen in the LRC displays data from the building management system reporting bcak performance levels.
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other Rainwater storage.
The existing quadrangle roof and the new atrium roof have been arranged with rainwater collection in mind. This rainwater is stored in underground tanks and is used to flush the toilets within the building.
Photovoltaics have been installed on the roof of the quadrangle building to absorb sunlight and convert the solar energy into direct electricity to be used within the building. They provide an eco-friendly source of electricity that is renewable and non-polluting. Any electricity generated from the photovoltaics that is surplus to the University’s requirements could be sent to the National Grid to be used elsewhere.
Hot water is produced for the building from a roof mounted solar thermal array.

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief September 2007
60 Architectural competition October 2008
61 Period of project November 2009
62 Opening of the construction work May 2011
63 Conclusion of the construction ten months
64 Furnishing and moving the collections 31/01/12 - 14/2/12
65 Opening of the new building for public 15/2/12

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 0
67 Building 0
68 Furniture and equipment 0
69 Fees 0
70 Total 0
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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