As part of their major redevelopment works, the college planned to refurbish the old Alf Cooke Printworks, a landmark building on the edge of the city centre, into a world class library and teaching environment, combining traditional architecture and modern day technology

With the building having Grade II listed status, consideration has been given within the design to ensure that the historic significance of the hall is both celebrated and showcased. Traditional ceilings would not have been in keeping with the style of the hall and would have covered many of the existing features

So that modern day requirements for acoustics and lighting could be incorporated, a combination of acoustic baffles and rafts were installed, as well as ‘floating ceilings’ with smart 100mm deep aluminium edge trims

We also built dry-lined walls around the atrium which included many glazed sections, ensuring that maximum use was made of the natural light within the huge area


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