University of Tasmania – Morris Miller Library
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Thomson Rossi undertook a significant series of commissions for the University of Tasmania to upgrade the academic library network across the Launceston and Hobart campus. The commission involves two major projects: staged refurbishment of the existing Morris Miller and Science Libraries and provision of a New Academic Library for the Newnham Campus, Launceston.
The Morris Miller and Science Libraries are integral components in the development of a Student Centred precinct on the Sandy Bay campus and the quality of the facilities and the services that they provide are important within the context of the University of Tasmania Plan 2005 – 2007. Work within the Library is intended to improve the amount of student work space and to incorporate some group work spaces within a satellite learning hub environment.
The case for adaptive re-use is relevant in the sense of transforming a 1960’s library structure into a new model of a 21st century learning environment. The new facility is a central feature on the campus and reflects the latest thinking in library planning, flexibility and ESD features.