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ADP's £27m library and learning hub opens doors in Southend

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] ADP Architects has completed a £27 million learning hub and library in Southend-on-sea, Essex

Jointly funded by Southend Borough Council (£12.5million), the University of Essex (£10.4million) and South Essex College (£4million), the Forum contains an academic and municipal library, learning facilities, an arts venue and a café alongside a new public square.

Built on the site of the former Farringdon car park in the centre of the seaside town, the competition-winning building rises from three storeys facing the two-storey terraces on Elmer Avenue to four storeys facing the new urban square.

Internally the publicly accessible areas of the building, the Focal Point Gallery, lecture theatre and café are on the ground floor and visible from the square through large areas of glazing.

A central top-lit atrium that contains the main staircase, runs through the centre of the building and acts as a ‘focal space’ for its various different uses.

Project data

Clients Southend Borough Council, The University of Essex, South Essex College
Architect ADP
Landscape architect ADP
Interior designer ADP
Project manager EC Harris
Cost consultants EC Harris
Structural engineer AKS Ward
Mechanical and electrical engineer Hoare Lea

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