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UniSA Sir Eric Neal Library

Project location:
Mawson Lakes, Adelaide

Client:
UniSA

Year of completion:
2004

Project cost/budget:
$11M

Project description:
In recognition of changing demands, the University’s Blueprint for 2005 capital works program identified the need for a major expansion of the existing Sir Eric Neal Library at Mawson Lakes. Leading an extensive team of specialist sub-consultants, our team explored a new design solution through a detailed investigation of Collections, Planning and Space, and the idea that the Library would become the “gateway to the digital age”. The new learning environment therefore became openly interactive, clearly welcoming, easily orientated and highly flexible with new modes of information gathering and studying. A detailed return brief was developed through our Strategic Library Planners and University library staff. Specialist advice included the accommodation of library collections and information assets, work practices and ergonomics relevant to library tasks and customer service. The completed extension provides over 2,500sqm of new, flexible space within a highly interactive learning environment.