The refurbishment and extension of Lord Holford’s 1960s Templeman Library at the University of Kent is designed to accommodate a growing student population
The 5,400m² extension includes new reader spaces, a dedicated special collection and exhibition space, a 250-seat lecture theatre, a suite of seminar rooms and social learning spaces.
A natural ventilation strategy incorporates underground passive cooling pipes, a passively cooled archive for special collections and roof-mounted photovoltaic cells.
The extensive remodeling of the existing 12,500m² library includes two entrance extensions, improved vertical circulation and reglazing the entire façade. A landscaped, raised entrance podium to the south leads straight into a three-storey atrium, where existing floorplates have been cut back to improve wayfinding, connectivity and views out over the city of Canterbury.
Our competition-winning design creates a vibrant contemporary building for study, interaction and exploration, bringing together a variety of study and support spaces, versatile collection and exhibition space and a teaching suite.
The bronze anodised mesh veil of the extension façade forms a sophisticated, sustainable envelope that weaves old and new to create a distinctive flagship building at the heart of the university campus. A landscape plinth, connective paths to adjacent buildings and a wooded garden exploit the setting of the library to create a hub of knowledge for the university. The complexity of this project lies in the scale of investment and in dealing with an existing building that is pivotal to the university’s 15,000 students which needs to remain in use during construction.
Consultation with staff and students from a wide variety of courses, including students with disabilities, led to the design of 1,800 individual, pair and group study spaces across informal, quiet and silent zones to suit contemporary learning styles.
A long span concrete frame structure, flexible services strategy and raised access floor allows for future adaptability of spaces.
This long-term, easily-phased solution has created a step change in quality across the whole library development, re-emphasising its enduring and pivotal role within the campus. The newly enhanced ‘lawn entrance’ to the south is combined with improvements made to the north of the building, creating a cultural avenue to link the existing theatre and architecture school.
Suzi Winstanley, partner, Penoyre & Prasad
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The Templeman Library was the most impressive building on campus when the university was established in the 1960s, and it is fitting that as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary we should have transformed the library. The 21st-century, updated and refreshed Templeman Library has moved very significantly with the times to become an impressive modern building containing services and facilities that are equally modern, impressive and important to its current and prospective users.
John Sotillo, director of information services, University of Kent
Start on site 2013
Completion Phase 1: 2015. Phase 2: 2017
Gross internal floor area Phase 1: 5,400m² (new build) Phases 2 & 3: 12,500m² (refurbishment)
Site area approx 1.5ha
Form of contract Single stage Design & Build, novated to the contractor for stages F-L
Construction cost Phase 1: £14 million Phase 2: £8 million Phase 3: £6 million
Construction cost per m² £3,100 new build £1,100 refurbishment
Architect Penoyre & Prasad
Client University of Kent
Structural engineer Price & Myers
Fire engineer Circulation Design Consultancy
QS Betteridge & Milsom
Landscape architect Fabrik
M&E Engineer, Lighting Designer, BREEAM Assessor and Acoustic consultant Max Fordham
Project manager RLB
CDM coordinator RLB
Approved building inspector MLM
Signage Art in Site / Studio CW
Main contractor Kier
CAD software used ArchiCAD
Annual CO2 emissions 15.9kg/m²