The Avril Robarts and Aldham Robarts libraries were designed to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding university. They were truly innovative libraries for their time, but they were built slightly too early to support the revolution in technology.
The LJMU vision is for both Avril Robarts and Aldham Robarts libraries to be once again innovative in the services and spaces that are on offer, to ensure that the expectations of LJMU students continue to be met. Central to that vision is LJMU’s aspiration to create libraries that provide a home space for students. LJMU want to create spaces that encourage students to remain in the libraries throughout the day and into the night, by providing places to work, to eat and to relax.
Wilmott Dixon were appointed to complete the refurbishment of the Avril Robarts library in 2019 as part of the major Tithebarn Building redevelopment project. The works created a modern environment for online and digital resources as well as book stock, new study and social spaces and more visible spaces for key student support teams. The refurbishment is being carried out in three phases with overall completion planned for late 2020.
We were awarded this project following a competitive tender process via the NWUPC framework agreement for the supply and installation of library furniture.
We collaborated with the client's project teams and Shepard Robson architects who were involved in the space planning and selection of furniture.
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