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Hopkins' University of East London library opens doors

Hopkins Architects has completed this £8.6 million library a the University of East London

The three-storey library, which has space for 150,000 items of stock, encloses a green space to form a new square on the university’s Stratford Campus.

A large social ‘hub’ and 24-hour café occupies the ground floor of the the 4,000m² building with the upper floor learning areas arranged around a central planted light-well that is glazed at ground floor level to acoustic strategy

Designed to be BREEAM Excellent the building includes roof mounted photovolatic panels.

Architect’s view

Michael Taylor, senior partner, Hopkins Architects

‘Having had the special privilege of working on the 2012 Velodrome, it has been very satisfying to design a building outside the Olympic Park which will also make a contribution to the regeneration of Stratford.

‘The tight site, £2,000 / m2 budget and sustainability targets were a challenge but the end result is a robust, BREEAM “Excellent” building that offers an academic library of the highest standard and it has been very gratifying to watch how the staff and students have responded so positively to the variety of spaces within the interior.’

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