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AT THE ROOT OF LEARNING


With a little help from Interface, Lancaster University has revamped its library by incorporating a sustainable, nature-inspired design.


Interface has supported Lancaster University in the refurbishment of its existing library building. The global modular flooring manufacturer helped to meet a complex brief that called for a combination of striking design with ambitious sustainability targets.


The original library was built for purpose in the 1960s and offered students a place to work and learn. However, as the requirements of the students changed over the years, the library


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needed modernising to accommodate new ways of working – and to house the 40,000 students who now use the space every week.


Following an extension that was added in 1997, the library also needed a more fluid design to connect the two distinct spaces. As a result the university wanted to give the space a complete overhaul, merging traditional library services with areas for interactive and informal learning – as well as private study.


Sustainability was a key focus when choosing products for the design. The university wanted to use materials that had a positive environmental impact, supporting its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by 80% by 2020.


Anna Cockman, facilities development manager at Lancaster University, said: “Sustainability is part of the very fabric of what we do at Lancaster University. In 2005 we set a goal to ensure that any new buildings on campus met


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