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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [Leeds University Library comprises 5 libraries, 2 galleries and 7 stores. The Laidlaw Library is its newest library building.]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution The Laidlaw Library / University of Leeds
3 Address Woodhouse Lane, Leeds. LS2 9JT
4 Phone / Fax / Email 0113 343 5663
5 Name of the director of the library Dr. Stella Butler
6 Contact person for enquiries Jane Saunders
0113 343 5663
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 62000
8 Number of full time students 28752
9 Number of part time students 3154
10 Number of staff in institution 7726
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 25372 sq. metres [This includes public areas and closed stores.]
12 Number of reader seats 3897
13 Total capacity of shelving 93400 linear metres
14 …in open access storage 54034 linear metres
15 …in closed access stacks 39366 linear metres
16 Number of library staff 145
17 Opening hours to the public Dependant on time of year. Term: Mon-Thurs 8am-midnight, Fri 8am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 5pm/midnight (one library). Exams 24/7

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm ADP Architects
19 Project Architect Joe Morgan
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Provision of additional study space, and also modern facilities able to support students using their own devices, working either on their own or in groups.
c special features
22 Site On the main University campus, with two entrances, one onto campus, and the other onto a main road passing the University entrance.
23 Architecture The building form is roughly rectangular, but is designed to fit the existing site, located between 2 listed churches and 2 roads to front & rear. Level access is provided from Woodhouse lane maximising accessibility
across a site with difficult topography of a 3m drop. This level enables a lower ground floor accessible from Hillary place.
The ground floor is predominantly open access for social learning, cafe spaces
with secure access to training rooms and the community classroom.
Upper levels are predominantly open plan, maximising flexibility with a central WC and
lift core, with quiet study and bookstock being located on the top three
The floor plates of the building are simple and flexible, with an insitu concrete frame and floor slabs, ensuring that the accommodation can be altered and adapted easily in the future. The use of insitu concrete also provides thermal mass to aid temperature control.
External walls are solid Portland stone on an insulated reinforced concrete backing, with plastered blockwork internally.
High performance double glazed windows.
All levels fully accessible with purpose designed accessible teaching rooms, wash rooms & toilets.
The building is designed to the University’s Sustainable Construction Guide with insulation levels 25% better than building regulations & air tightness 4 times better. Other features;

Automatic lighting system to supplement and enhance daylight levels and
through absence detection via PIRs

LED lighting

Displacement air system

Energy efficient plant and system selection with heat recovery

District heating system utilising UoL steam main

Use of revolving doors to maintain air tightness

The use of low flush toilets with dual flush, push taps

each toilet area linked to an infra-red movement detector.

Green roof areas.

225m2 photovoltaic (PV)

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area 6278 sq. metres
divided into
25 Open access services 4049 sq. metres
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual
27 Computers
28 Special collections These are housed in the University's Brotherton Library
29 Seminar room(s) 443 sq. metres [This includes 4 teaching / seminar rooms and 8 group study rooms.]
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space There are digital display screens in the circulation spaces and a media wall at the entrance.
31 Lecture hall
32 Public refreshments 140 sq. metres
33 Administration and staff areas 485 sq. metres
34 Closed access stacks
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. 1161 sq. metres
36 Further information The building has 5 levels. The lower ground floor is for staff accomodation. Ground to 3rd floor are open to library users.
37 Number of reader seats (total) 946
divided into
38 Audiovisual 2 [Video/dvd players]
39 Computers 195 [For use by library users. In addition there are 24 loanable laptops.]
40 Seminar room(s) There are 4 teaching rooms, and also 8 bookable group study rooms.
41 Regular 351 [351 quiet study spaces, 162 teaching room spaces, 290 group work spaces, 143 social learning and café spaces.]
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 5000 linear metres [The Laidlaw Library contains the core text and high demand collections, which comprise items on student reading lists.]
43 Open access stacks 5000 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks
45 Compact shelving
46 Audiovisual materials 280 linear metres
47 Other
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 24 [Includes security staff, shelvers, customer services assistants and managers across all opening hours. Not included are cleaning or café staff.]
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning Variable air volume mechanical ventilation, delivered via raised access floor. Passive ventilation not viable due to adjacent traffic.
50 Heating Primary heating plant takes advantage of the new incoming steam and condensate supply which serves the University.
51 Lighting Low energy high efficiency T5 linear fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps and LED light sources.
52 Acoustics Building has a sealed envelope & revolving doors to insulate against external noise. Acoustic baffles are suspended throughout
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 lifts for library users, 1 staff lift, 1 entrance lift for disabled users. The lifts are supplied by Otis.
54 Book transportation system 3M 7 bin booksorter, trolleys used in buildings, van service operates between the libraries.
55 Theft detection 3M magnetic tape system in use.
56 Building management system Trend IQ4 provides control, alarm detection, scheduling, reporting and information management for the connected building services, plant and systems.
57 Type of IT infrastructure Cat 6a cabling, 1GB to desktop and 20GB capacity to building, 80 MBs AC wireless throughout.
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief New build library, with approximately 1000 study seats, with access to power and data, and 5000m of stock.
60 Architectural competition Single stage competitive tender following OJEU procurement process.
61 Period of project Autumn 2011 - May 2015
62 Opening of the construction work August 2013
63 Conclusion of the construction April 2015
64 Furnishing and moving the collections April 2015 - June 2015
65 Opening of the new building for public 27th May 2015

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site University owned. Site clearance and relocation of Security building £938,000
67 Building 27030400 euro [£20,653,000. Including AV (subject to agreement of final account)]
68 Furniture and equipment 1417400 euro [£1,083,000]
69 Fees £3,326,000
70 Total £26,000,000 (subject to agreement of final account)
71 Operating costs £408,000 (staffing and maintenance per year)
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding) University funded, with significant donations from alumni.

Publications & Awards

Plans & Photos

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