Refining the Creative Design Brief

This week I attended a Library Design Meeting as part of the Main Library Redevelopment to focus on internal finishes. This ranges from materials and flooring to preservation and visual features. As a student of Human Geography, my aim is to ensure that we work closely with the Design Team and architects to produce a building that inspires, excites and encourages people to succeed.

Michelle Sharples (Marketing Manager, Strategic Marketing and Communications), Steve McCabe (Estates Designer), Adam Cooper (Internal Communications Officer) and I have spent many weeks producing a creative design brief for our architects. As the Main Library is a key service for our students and the wider University community, our aim is to ensure that the Redevelopment reflects the identity of the Library and helps to create a truly unique space.

Photo of Main Library exterior taken at some point during the 1970's
Photo of Main Library exterior taken at some point during the 1970’s

We’ve been studying the history of the Library, how its look and feel has changed over the years and what aspects we would like to enhance, particularly in the historic areas. It’s also very important that we drive the concept forward by engaging our students and we have been considering the best way to do this based on past experience.

My Learning Essentials
My Learning Essentials web page


I am not going to elaborate further on what the brief contains at this time as I wish to keep this under wraps until the designers work starts to fully reflect our ambition. However, judging by the excitement shown by everyone who has seen the brief so far, I’m confident that we are on the right path and I look forward to sharing more details with you in the near future.

Until next week,

Mike Kelly (Library Space Project Manager).

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