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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre / Canterbury Christ Church University
3 Address North Holmes Road, Canterbury, KENT, CT1 1QU, United Kingdom
4 Phone / Fax / Email 44(0)1227 782869
5 Name of the director of the library Mr Pete Ryan
6 Contact person for enquiries Mr Robert Brown
44(0)1227 782869
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers
8 Number of full time students 11600
9 Number of part time students 6421
10 Number of staff in institution 2680 [1297 - Academic
1383 - Professional Services]
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 2500 sq. metres
12 Number of reader seats 447
13 Total capacity of shelving 4500 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 3250 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 1250 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 27
17 Opening hours to the public 79.5 hours per week, 355 days per year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm ADP,
19 Project Architect Roger Fitzgerald; Liz Jarrett
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project University Libraries continue to operate in a hybrid environment of traditional and digital resources. Electronic services are developing which are accessible throughout the campus network, complimented by services pertinent to student needs at each campus. The provision of a rich and varied programme of information skills, delivered by librarians in innovative and flexibly designed learning spaces, supports the development of independent learners through a greater understanding of the full range of traditional and electronic resources available. Equally they provide an important function as locations where essential learning services and support for students are brought together. The University Library centred at the heart of this new development will continue to develop this theme and will need to provide a wide range of learning spaces, which are conducive to study and which cater for multiple learning styles, for individual and group learning, and for silent and noisy study. Learning spaces that focus on resource based learning with easy access to physical and electronic stock, coupled with expert advice and guidance, will be essential to ensure that all resources are effectively used.

The New University Library will be multi-functional, flexible and open plan, delivering the full range of library services. It will concentrate on the putting the student at the centre of service delivery, “student focused”, rather than on storage and resource management. On each floor there will be physical resources, on open shelves and compact shelving, and a wide range of facilities for studying, browsing and borrowing, as well as for relaxing and socialising.
c special features
22 Site The development has played a critical part in shaping the future of CCCU. and has changed the way the university is perceived by internal and external stakeholders.
23 Architecture The dynamic character of the building has been expressed by the angular assortment of bridges and galleries that intersect the atrium, linking the building’s two sides of flexible accommodation. From within the building, stunning new views towards the city walls and the Cathedral can be glimpsed, making visual as well as symbolic connections to Canterbury.

The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, and was used as the pilot scheme for the BREEAM Higher Education assessment category. The building takes advantage of the natural stable temperature in the earth, using the 258 structural piles as geothermal energy sources, providing over 20% of the building’s energy. Carbon emissions have been reduced by 23%.

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 13000 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 7000 sq. metres [All library service areas accesible to library users.]
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual
27 Computers
28 Special collections
29 Seminar room(s) 335 sq. metres [2 multi-purpose seminar rooms
1 IT training room
7 Bookable Group Study Rooms
3 Small meeting rooms (1-3 people)]
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 170 sq. metres
31 Lecture hall 680 sq. metres
32 Public refreshments 225 sq. metres
33 Administration and staff areas 1725 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc.
36 Further information Building on 4 levels, with stair and lift access to all floors.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 600
divided into
38 Audiovisual
39 Computers 260 [In addtion there are 220 "i-borrow" netbooks for use within the building]
40 Seminar room(s) 100
41 Regular 240 [Wide mix of formal, semi-formal and social seating spaces throughout the building.]
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 8925 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 8650 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 275 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 5575 linear metres [5300 open access in 43
275 closed access in 44]
46 Audiovisual materials
47 Other 15 linear metres [Current newspapers]
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 35
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning
50 Heating
51 Lighting
52 Acoustics
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators
54 Book transportation system
55 Theft detection
56 Building management system
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief April - July 2006
60 Architectural competition January - March 2006
61 Period of project
62 Opening of the construction work February 2008
63 Conclusion of the construction June 2009
64 Furnishing and moving the collections June - September 2009
65 Opening of the new building for public 21 September 2009

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site 1 400 000 British Pounds
67 Building 21 000 000 British Pounds
68 Furniture and equipment 300 000 British Pounds
69 Fees 3 000 000 British Pounds
70 Total 25 700 000 British Pounds
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) University funded project

Publications & Awards

Local Authority Building Control Award
Augustine House won the Best Educational Project category at the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Awards for the South East region.
SCONUL Library Design Award 2013
Library Design awards show libraries at the heart of academic life

Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church
University is the joint winner of the 2013 prestigious SCONUL Library Design Awards.

The awards have been made every three years since 1973 and recognise the best in the
design of higher education libraries. Images of the winning libraries are available here.

Liz Waller, chair of the judging panel, said

“Augustine House Library and Student Services Centre at Canterbury Christ Church
combines modern design with sensitivity to its historic location by the city walls. It
provides flexible and inspiring learning environments which put the student first.

Citation for Augustine House Learning and Student Services Centre,
Canterbury Christ Church University

This award is made for a new, modern building that remains sensitive to its historic
location by the city walls. Augustine House brings together the physical resources of
the Library with flexible and inspiring learning environments and a single point of
enquiry for student-facing services, putting into practice the university’s ‘student-first’

The extensive use of glass gives exciting views to the rest of the building and the city
beyond from the internal bridges on each floor across the light-filled atrium.
Accessibility and inclusion were integral to the design of this sustainable building; a
flagship venue for the University and local community. Engagement of staff in service
development alongside the thoughtful planning of the space has delivered substantial
increases in student satisfaction and Library use.

Plans & Photos

doctype: interior
caption: Ground Floor Atrium
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: interior
caption: Third Floor Atrium
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: interior
caption: Compact Shelving Units
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: exterior
caption: Exterior Front Daytime
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: exterior
caption: Exterior Front Nighttime
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: exterior
caption: Exterior Front Angle Daytime
copyright owner: Peter Cook
doctype: plan PDF document
caption: Ground Floor Plan
copyright owner: Canterbury Christ Church University
doctype: plan PDF document
caption: First Floor Plan
copyright owner: Canterbury Christ Church University
doctype: plan PDF document
caption: Second Floor Plan
copyright owner: Canterbury Christ Church University
doctype: plan PDF document
caption: Third Floor Plan
copyright owner: Canterbury Christ Church University