DEC 00] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
University Library Wins Top Award
University's new library has chalked up what is expected to be
the first in a long list of many awards and has been hailed as a
UNIVERSITY'S AWARD-WINNING "VERNACULAR"
latest addition to Coventry’s skyline, the library was chosen
as the Best Public Building and the Brick Development
Association Building of the Year in the prestigious Brick Awards
award citations says:
dynamic piece of architecture creates a new brick vernacular
that reflects the objective of sustainability.
well as being an impressive contribution to the skyline of
Coventry, this imaginative six-storey university scheme is
designed to be environment-conscious.
to its concept is the natural ventilation system. Fresh air
enters into a plenum on the ground floor, and ten brick towers
around the perimeter extract stale air fusing a stacking
design reduces energy requirements and sets a new standard in
valuable, high-quality university accommodation.'”
new library is proving a winner with staff and students alike -
and is attracting a great deal of interest from the public,
architects, construction companies, and other Higher Education
of Estates, Bill Woolhead, is confident that these awards will
be the first of many. He said:
new library is technically innovative, setting new standards
in energy conservation. As a result it was challenging in
final result is a striking building viewed from any angle.
Early indications are that comfort levels within the building
and low energy costs are in line with our expectations.
are very pleased that the building has won two awards in such
a prestigious competition. We
have a building that both Coventry University and the city can
be proud of.”