We’re very pleased to announce that the Forum Library has received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the coveted SCONUL Building Design Award 2013.
The judges said:
Citation for The Forum, Exeter University
The award is made for a Library which, as an integral part of a larger development bringing together a range of student support and retail services, has had a transformative effect on the campus creating a ‘beating heart’ at its centre.
A flexible and technology-rich learning environment has been created with impressive sustainability and energy efficiency. The inclusion of artworks plus careful thought to colour and design provides a pleasing visual experience and a creative buzz.
Great care was taken throughout the development period and beyond to liaise with the student body which has voted with its feet by visiting in vastly increased numbers. There is a definite feeling of student engagement and ownership, as one student said; ‘it makes learning fun again’
Michele Shoebridge, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Academic Services, commented:
‘This was a great outcome and we were up against stiff opposition’
Stephen Mossop, Head of Library Customer Services, commented:
‘We’re delighted that the SCONUL judges considered the Forum Library worthy of such a prestigious award – but the judges we wanted to impress most are our customers, and we’re overjoyed that they clearly love it!’