The Templeman Library has been coined the heart of the Canterbury Campus. Sitting in the middle of campus, with some of the best views across the city, it’s a hub for finding books and resources and studying alike.
The extension and refurbishment project was a challenge undertaken by Information Services and architects at Penoyre & Prasad which aimed to transform the library into a 21st century flagship learning environment by refurbishing the existing building, as well as extending to allow room for even more resources, study spaces and other learning facilities. To add a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms, exhibition space, archive area, conference facilities, more study space and new café, a huge 5,400m² extension was constructed. The building also got a new welcome hall, plus upgraded windows and façade.
The Civic Trust Awards aims to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.
Our project will now be considered for a National Award or Commendation by the National Judging Panel. This year we have also been shortlisted in the Outstanding Library Team category of the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, as well as the ‘Medium and Large Libraries’ category within the SCONUL Library Design Awards!