Crane at the groundworks of the George Green Library expansion

By George!

May 2nd, 2014

Dominating the skyline, the crane at the groundworks of the George Green Library expansion marks the latest landmark development to be undertaken by the University.

Work began on the £19m project in summer 2013 and is anticipated to be completed for the start of the academic year in September 2015. The redevelopment will involve the complete refurbishment and overhaul of the existing library, include a new facade around the new and exisiting buildings.

James Hale, Capital Projects Officer at the University, said: “The redevelopment of the existing library will enhance the student experience and respond to the current high demand for student study space. In order to minimise disruption, the project is running in two phases. Phase one involves the construction of the new extension with phase two rennovating the existing building to seamlessly join with the new structure.”

The completed library will have two entrances, a flexible café space and language laboratories as well as individual and group study rooms and study spaces. It will also have a BREEAM excellent rating which sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design. Around 20% of the electricty will be sourced from photovoltaic panels added to the roof space.

To keep up-to-date with the project including any planned disruptions visit

You can follow all the progress through twitter @uoncapproj.

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