Carmarthen Library Refurbishment Project: Enhancing learning spaces


25.09.2018

A special event was held recently to mark the refurbishment of UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus library.

 Library 1

Work started on the building at the end of the summer term after 6 months of intensive planning and consultation led by Karen Bewen-Chappell (Head of Customer Services, Library and Learning Resources) and Catrin Morgan-Jones (Project Officer, Operation and Facilities).  Members of the project team also included Anna Fonge (Customer Services Librarian), Ceri Jenner (Senior Library Assistant: Customer Services) and Alison Harding (Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources). 

 Library 2.

Led by architect, Norman Robson-Smith, from the Project Office of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, the library was originally built between 1992 and 1994.  The building officially opened in 1995 and was awarded a Civic Townscape Award for its passive design. As students return to the University this week Alison Harding, Executive Head of Library Services, is looking forward to welcoming them back to the new library.  She said:

“I’m delighted to see the Carmarthen Campus library reopening in time for the start of the new academic year.  I’m very much looking forward to welcoming our students back this week and to see their response to the much-improved library.  There is no doubt that this refurbishment project will enhance and improve the service we offer to our students. 

We have been working closely with students, colleagues and consultants over a number of months to agree on the best design for the space we have and this project clearly demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best learning and teaching environment for all our students.  We believe that where you learn can impact on how well you learn - to be successful the learning environment has to be a physically and emotionally comfortable space. This is what the vision for the Project was and what we feel we have achieved. It is now a learning environment that supports many styles of learning, it is the combination of traditional functions, such as the print collections but also support group and individual study facilities and digital learning resource access. The project also aimed to showcase a wonderful building, and also provided the opportunity for deep collaborative working across services.

We hope our students and staff enjoy using and being in the space as much as we did creating it.  We would like to thank students, staff and all other users for their patience and support during the refurbishment. We can now celebrate a truly current and accessible facility which meets the modern needs of our users.”

Further Information

 For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk