Location: Essex University, Colchester, Essex
Architect: Patel Taylor
Materials: Ancaster Weatherbed
The largest new building on the campus since 1965, a new wing to the Albert Sloman library, a new student centre and lakeside square has created an important new front door to the University. The building provides an integrated learning centre, library, special collections, reading room, student media centre, one-stop-shop for students facility and a board room for the University Council.
Working closely within the context of the existing Albert Sloman Library, the 1960’s campus infrastructure and the heritage parkland setting, this design shows the importance of context and programme to conceive flexible design resonating with a sense of place and setting. Completed in 2015 it received the following awards: RIBA National Award 2016; RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award 2016: RIBA Regional Award 2016.