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BUILDING PROJECTS


TEMPLEMAN LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF KENT


Extended study


The design of a new extension to a university library in Kent both acts as a counterpoint to the pre-existing 1960s brutalist building, and achieves unification between old and new. Sébastien Reed reports


he original masterplan for the University of Kent, whose Templeman Library on the main Canterbury campus recently underwent a major extension, was drawn by Boer-born British architect Lord Holford in 1964. The design’s brutalist style, typical of the era, was forward-looking, but its limitations in the face of fast-growing student numbers led to it undergoing a variety of extensions. The first phase of the library’s construc-


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tion, completed in 1965, delivered a building with an envelope constructed almost entirely of brick, with heavy brick piers and concrete extrusions at mid-level where the first floor meets the second. An extension to the east wing in 1975 joined the original central and west blocks, and in 1996 a small cubic brick block was plugged into the end of the east wing, which both aesthetically and in terms of performance left a lot to be desired. Twenty years on, and Templeman Library has received another, more holistic makeover. London-based Penoyre & Prasad were selected to develop the library space to better accommodate the current and future activity, which this kind of building needs to be effective. Suzi Winstanley, partner at Penoyre & Prasad and project leader of the extension and renovation, told ADF that there were challenges to overcome in not only creating a place not only well adapted to current needs, but also one that could be adapted over time.


Competition & design brief


The University of Kent held a competition in 2012 to design the project. Winstanley comments on the benefits of competitions: “They allow the architect to come up with


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