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Up-and-coming Manchester-based practice A-Cube Architects has unveiled these images of a proposed new library at Ashton-under-Lyne's sixth-form college. The 1,800m 2 building forms the fourth and final phase of the £8 million overhaul of the college's existing campus on the outskirts of Manchester. Designed as a 'rationalised and efficient teaching space', one of the main features of the £2.5 million library block will be an exposed, galvanised-steel structure. 'This has been done to create individuality and variety within the elevations, ' explained practice director Faheem Aftab.

'It also dramatically reduced steel cost, assisted the lightweight nature of the construction and has led to the building's individual look and feel.' The practice expects to be given the green light for the scheme in April and hopes to complete the project in September 2007.

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