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New Library and Student Services Centre gets go ahead

Posted on 14/05/2015
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The planning committee of Runnymede Borough Council voted last night (Wednesday 13th May) to grant planning permission for Royal Holloway, University of London, to build a new flagship Library and Student Services Centre. 

The complex which was agreed last night will bring together Royal Holloway’s Careers centre, a range of student services, shops and cafes and a dedicated study area for PhD students. At the heart of this building, the new library will be open 24/7, offering flexible learning and public spaces. In addition, there will be valuable purpose-built storage for the College’s art, archives and special collections plus, for the first time, the facility for the public to access and view some of the treasures we hold.

The design of the complex includes landscaping to enhance its setting in relation to the Grade I listed Founder’s Building, the Windsor Building and the Canada Copse woodland, creating a public space that can be used for a variety of events throughout the year.

Speaking about Runnymede Borough Council’s decision, Professor Paul Layzell, Principal of Royal Holloway, said: “We are delighted with Runnymede Borough Council’s decision to give permission for us to build a new flagship Library and Student Services Centre. This exciting and ambitious building will be in the heart of our campus and will make a huge difference to the lives of our students and academics, as well as provide resources that will be available for the local community to use.

“The new Library and Student Services Centre is part of our vision for the long-term future of the university. If we are to grow our reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities and so continue to make a valued contribution economically, socially and culturally to Egham and Surrey, we need to invest in developing a 21st century campus that meets the modern needs of people studying, working and living here today. 

“I recognise that this is an ambitious building project and I am committed to ensuring that wherever possible we provide timely and regular updates so that our students, staff and the local community have the opportunity to be up to date on our plans and know where to go for more information.”

Enabling works will start this summer with building work beginning in the Autumn, ready for completion by the start of a new term in September 2017. Royal Holloway will also be hosting a Welcome Week estate plan exhibition from Saturday 19th September to Monday 28th September.

For more information about Royal Holloway’s estate plan, click here or email estateplan@royalholloway.ac.uk



 
 
 

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