The Shackleton Memorial Library at Cambridge University, designed by John Miller + Partners, has started on site. It is an extension to the Scott Polar Research Institute, a Grade II-listed building designed by Sir Herbert Baker in the 1930s and added to in the 1960s. The library will be used by undergraduates and researchers, and will include it workstations, stacks for rare books, pamphlets etc, and archive storage.
The new building sits between existing front and rear Institute blocks. A two-storey link will be partly demolished and extended to incorporate the new circular building, which is divided internally into quadrants, one containing stair flights. A new storey, in lightweight steel panels, will be added over the centre of the existing building, linking to existing second-floor accommodation.
The new structure is reinforced-concrete frame and slab, with steel columns and beams and hollow rib floors in the existing building. External materials are bands of stock bricks and stone. Window frames are in powder-coated metal. Internal finishes include oak wood-block flooring, plastered walls, and coffered plaster ceilings. Structural engineer is Campbell Reith Hill; Fulcrum Consulting is m&e engineer and Davis Langdon and Everest is qs.