The Andrew Kean Learning Centre, which incorporates 2000m² of new teaching and learning accommodation onto the existing University library, was officially opened on Wednesday to create an extensive learning resource centre.
Embracing the latest thinking in the Higher Education sector, the Jefferson Sheard team was asked to create a fully collaborative design for a flexible, multi-use and technologically agile learning resource environment. This is the latest in a range of schemes we’ve completed for the University, which was recently voted the best University in Yorkshire for satisfaction and employability.
The brief emerged from a series of both formal engagement sessions and informal collaboration methods via the image sharing social network Pinterest.
Speaking about the project, Mark Joyce, Director of Information Services, commented:
“From the early stages of the project, Jefferson Sheard worked closely with the University to build a deep understanding of our vision for learning and teaching. Bringing in their wealth of experience of the higher education sector, the Jefferson Sheard team used workshops and online collaboration tools to consult with University academic staff, support staff and students to produce a design which we were all proud of. They then worked with the University and the Morgan Sindall construction team throughout the build stage to deliver a building of exceptional quality.”
The Andrew Kean Learning Centre was first built in 2002 and opened in May 2003 by Baroness Shirley Williams, in memory of founding Principal Andrew Kean. The newly extended learning centre was officially opened on Wednesday 27 September by Ed Anderson, Pro-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University.
Jefferson Sheard's Technical Director, Heath Denton (left); Architectural Assistant, Andrew Houston (second left) and Project Director, Phillip Pollington (far right)