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New Library – University of Bedfordshire

New Library – University of Bedfordshire

The new library for the University of Bedfordshire is a vital step in the on-going regeneration of their town centre campus in Luton.

The provision of this 6,950m2 building relocates this critical activity to a focal point between academic space and new student residential accommodation.

The building reflects the University’s aspiration for an efficient, serious and scholarly place that supports and enables improvements in academic and institutional performance.

The vision for the scheme was to create a facility that:

  • Enhances the reputation of the University of Bedfordshire
  • Is adaptable to changing learning and teaching patterns
  • Provides an excellent environment for students and staff
  • Is inclusive and welcoming to all
  • Is comfortable and easy to use

The site is challenging because of the available ‘footprint’, resulting in a relatively tall building- at nine floors. Taking this aspect as an opportunity, silent study spaces on each of the upper floors make a ‘study wall’ with excellent views and daylight whilst fulfilling the increasing demand by students for more silent working space.


New Library – University of Bedfordshire

  • Luton
  • United Kingdom
Completion: 2016
Used materials
  • Wood

Type of Building

Architect Office