Qubiqa was chosen to provide the shelving requirements for this impressive building. Approximately 3,000 linear metres of low level Static Shade S9000 Shelving with Jacob Jensen designed end panels was specially chosen to ensure the library and learning areas were flooded with natural light. The shelving is cleverly interspersed with brightly covered seating and IT study desks on all floors. As part of the design process, Qubiqa suggested special black steel tops with a bevelled edge to the bays to match the interior décor.
Approximately 6,000 linear metres of Electronic mobile SHADE E9000 shelving was used for library shelving on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, adding to the wow factor of this spectacular building. To maximise space usage mobile shelving was the solution to store a mix of different media and books, including a rare book collection (under controlled access). High quality wrap around steel end panels give an aesthetically pleasing and modern appearance to the library. The design of the modular decorative end panels with chamfer edges and striking black glass control panels complements and enhances this special learning environment. The University were keen for wheelchair users to be able to easily operate the systems and therefore the Control Panel was placed at a height suitable for disabled students.
Peter Ryan, Head of Library Services, explains: In planning the shelving for the new Library at Augustine House we were acutely aware of the need to maintain the flexible use of study space; to maintain the open feel to the whole building design; and to develop a shelving system that met the current needs of the Universitys library collection now and into the future as well as being visually impressive. The combination of static and mobile shelving from Qubiqa ensured that both of these design objectives were achieved. The high quality finish of the shelving units has added to the look and feel of the library spaces, whilst the simplicity of operating the mobile units has resulted in positive feedback from staff and students.
We have achieved a shelving layout appropriate to our needs now, but the flexibility of the mobile system will allow further expansion in years to come, without compromising the initial interior design of the library space. Qubiqa has worked closely with the Project team for the new development, including the architects and library managers, to ensure the construction of the mobile shelving fitted into the building construction, and that the shelving system is fit for purpose.